For years, the Operations Manual has been this mystical item that has worried people about getting into the drone industry. There is generally little information freely available online regarding building the Operations Manual and we're here to break down that barrier and make it a process that should be simple and straightforward!
You don't need a 2 Volume Operations Manual
Some NQE's have (and still do) force you to use their templates or create 2 Volume Operations Manuals. This IS NOT required by the CAA and never has been. You only require Volume 1 and not Volume 2 to get Standard Permissions from the CAA. If your NQE FORCES you to write a second volume you are within your right to tell them you only require a 1 Volume Operations Manual. Also, if they force you to use their template, rather than one you've crafted yourself then they should not reject the manual but should take the time to read through to make sure it hits ALL of the points in the CAP 722A.
A template for everyone (based on CAP 722A)
To make things easier for the industry, we have crafted a BRAND NEW template based on the CAP 722A (click here for the CAP 722A) that will make it straight forward to follow and produce your own manual to get Standard Permissions (PfCO).
We will endeavour to keep the template up-to-date with the latest versions of the CAP documents, HOWEVER, it is still YOUR responsibility to check the version numbers are correct and up-to-date.
All of our ICARUS Standard Students will even get a short online course that will guide you step-by-step through the template!
Still struggling to get your Operations Manual approved by your NQE?
If you are STILL struggling to get your Operations Manual approved by your NQE then we have a solution. We have an adoption program where we will finish your journey to getting your PfCO from the CAA.
Our adoption programme includes:
- Full access to our Online PfCO Ground School
- Full access to our ICARUS Resource Library
- Flight Examination (if required)
- Operations Manual* (if required)
- *Operations Manual provided by Open Sky Consulting
- Operations Manual Review
- NQE Recommendation Certificate
How do I get the FREE Operations Manual Template?
To get the FREE Operations Manual Template, simply click here and you'll find a Google Drive link in the description with a PDF and .docx that you can freely download.
Make sure you read the instructions carefully and edit/remove any of the red parts of the template.
Remember, the Operations Manual is YOUR document so it is your responsiblity to read and understand what is in your Operations Manual. You also need to make sure that you keep the Manual up-to-date when/if there are any changes to the regulations.