Congested Area Training

Practical & Theory Course - £899 per person

Does you company operate in complex and high risk locations, such as in towns and cities, near railway tracks, close to motorways, or at nuclear power stations? If so, how prepared are your pilots to operate in these areas?

NQE training is the minimum required set of training to help ensure that your pilots are safe. But how effective is this at eliminating incidents. According to AAIB statistics, not very effective. There have been countless incidents which could have been avoided, and this usually results in the drone crashing to the ground and a large insurance claim. There are only two ways to avoid accidents in your drone operation:

  1. Hire experienced pilots

  2. Hire more junior pilots and provide them with a more comprehensive set of training

Fleet UAS provides comprehensive training from an instructor who has surveyed the highest profile buildings in the UK, including Westminster, London. He has 400+ hours of logged hours, of which 80 hours were operating on the railways. He has operated under an OSC down to 10m from people and property not under his control

If you want to get the very best possible OSC distances, or you want to improve your skills operating in cities, our congested area training will equip you with a set of skills which will ensure your pilots are operating at peak performance. Enquire today to find out more

Our training runs over 1.5 days and includes both classroom exercises and practical flight training:

Classroom Exercises - 0.5 days


  • Typical hazards when operating in congested areas

  • Zone management including the use of cordons and co-pilots to control the zones

  • Flight planning and mitigating risk

  • Management of the flight operations team (FOT)

  • Use of observers when flying close to structures

  • Maintaining ‘blue-sky’ between the UA and structures

Flight Training - 1 day


  • Take-off and landing from confined spaces

  • Advanced flight training in non-GPS modes. Includes:

    • Orientation training

    • Accurate control

    • Wind compensation

    • Distance flying

    • Maintaining a close, but constant distance from a structure

    • Wind shear in close proximity to structures

  • Emergency procedures:

    • Recovery from disorientation at distance

    • Simulated loss of line-of-sight

    • Loss of GPS

    • Magnetic interference

    • Recovery to a position of safety

    • Safe escape trajectories

    • Emergency response plan

Our courses are generally run for an organisation, and we train up to 2 pilots at a time. If you are a single pilot, find a friend and we will be pleased to help you both, or get in touch and we may be able to help

Please contact us to book onto this course