FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions
Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions
When do I need the drone pilot license / certificate of competency?
Basically, you need the drone pilot license since 01.10.2017 if you fly with systems that are heavier than 2 KG. However, it may also be that you need it when you are flying with systems that are lighter than 2 KG.
This is the case if you need an exception from the many prohibitions. But even if you want to apply for an operating permit.
And if you only want to gain the extensive knowledge without getting your pilot license, we have a solution for this. We also offer the online course separately.
Which certificate of competence do you offer? The one for commercial or recreational purposes?
With us you will receive the certificate of competency for commercial or other purposes. Of course, you can also fly privately in your free time. This is practically the “great” certificate of competency with which you are allowed to do everything.
The official name of the drone licence is as follows: certificate of a passed test to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to control unmanned aerial vehicles in accordance with § 21a section 4 sentence 3 No. 2 of the air traffic regulation (LuftVO).
What is the difference between certificate of competency and proof of practical competence?
By certificate of competence we designate the official “drone pilot licence”, i.e. the Certificate of passed examination to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the control of unmanned aerial vehicles in accordance with § 21a section 4 Sentence 3 no. 2 of the air traffic regulation (LuftVO)
By proof of practical competence, we refer to a certificate of a passed practical examinationto demonstrate sufficient practical knowledge of the control of unmanned aerial vehicles. Some providers also refer to it as an extended proof of knowledge. The official drone pilot licence consists only of a theoretical test…
Proof of practical competency is not yet required by law. However, there are already national aviation authorities that require proof of practical skills if you wish to apply for an operating permit.
Little hint: If you have ever had a operating permit in Germany, it may be that the respective national aviation authority recognizes it as proof of practical skills. So you don’t need to do the proof of practical competence. If necessary, you will need to send a copy of your logbook.
What requirements do I have to meet in order to get the drone pilot license?
There are a few things to keep in mind. Here you have a checklist of what you have or need to do for testing. Of course, you can register for the training beforehand.
How long do I have access to the online course?
With us, you have lifelong access to the online course. This way you can prepare yourself optimally even 5 years after your exam, when your license expires. But also in between you can keep up to date at any time, as we always update the content.
What is the time schedule? Does it have to be completed within certain learning periods?
How long does it take to do the drone pilot license?
Of course, this always depends on your prior knowledge and your personal learning speed 😉.
However, we offer about 7 hours of video content and some training questions. If you prepare yourself very thoroughly you are ready after 3 days. Others do it in one day. But the nice thing is that you choose your own learning speed. There are no deadlines or anything like that. You can either approach it quite relaxed 😌 or start right away 🚀.
How does the online examination work?
During your online examination, you’ll be monitored and recorded using multiple cameras (webcam & smartphone cam). Before the exam begins, we will guide you through a procedure to secure the room you are in. In doing so, we create a safe examination environment so that you can take your exam in a relaxed manner 😉.
The test itself is a normal multiple choice test in which you have to prove your knowledge in the fields of air law, meteorology and flight operations. In total you have 60 min. Time for the exam.
Afterwards you will receive the result of the Multiple Choice Test directly. If the examiner has also determined that you have not cheated, we will usually send your drone pilot license to you by registered mail the next working day!
What technical requirements do I have to meet for the online examination?
You need a PC or laptop with webcam and microphone. You must have the Google Chrome browser installed on it. You also need a smartphone running Android 4.1 or later or iOS 8.0 or later.
Your Internet connection should be stable and have an upload speed of at least 1 Mb/sec.
What documents do I need for the online examination?
You need exactly the same documents as for the classic exam.
When will I get my drone pilot license after the online examination?
If you have passed and there is no attempt of deception, we will usually send you the drone pilot license by registered mail the next business day. Of course, you will also receive a digital version of the original via e-mail 👍
On what dates do the exams take place?
You can only book your exam date after payment. This way you can learn without stress and prepare yourself optimally for the exam.
Of course, our exams take place regularly. Here’s a little overview:
Of course, you can also request your desired date at any time. In urgent cases, we also offer you an extra individual appointment.
What does the practical examination look like at Copteruni?
You do the whole thing with your own copter! So bring everything you need to fly. Charge your batteries and update your system.
Is it possible to check the training beforehand?
Yes of course! Just go to our course page and sign up for the free trial. Here you get a good impression of how our training is structured. You can test us as long as you want.
I have entries in my certificate of good conduct. Will I still be admitted for testing?
That depends entirely on your entries. Our reviewers decide on the basis of the available entries whether you will be admitted or not. If you are not sure, you are welcome to send us a copy of your certificate of good conduct in advance and we will check it.
Can I still submit my certificate of conduct after the exam?
No, unfortunately that is not possible.
The law stipulates that the certificate of conduct must be available before the examination. The exact description can be found in the LuftVO section 21d Para. 3.
Since most students need a few days to work through the teaching material, the certificate of conduct is usually already there as soon as one is ready for the exam. Of course only if you apply for it right away.
When will the new EU rules apply?
The rules will enter into force on 31.12.2020.
At the moment, however, there are rumours that the introduction will be delayed due to the Corona pandemic.
It’s best to sign up for our free trial so you don’t miss out on news.
Will you offer the new licences under the new EU rules?
As things stand at present (01/2020), it looks as if the Federal Aviation Administration will offer the licences of category A1 and A3 exclusively as part of an online course and an online examination.
With us you can then probably make the license for category A2 and for the specific category. Of course, we will also offer the various practical training and examinations under the new EU law.
The details are not expected to be announced by the Federal Aviation Authority until May 2020.
How long will my certificate of competency be valid if EU rules apply soon?
According to the
proof of knowledge will remain valid until 1 July 2021. Until that date, existing documents are to be converted by the Member States. We do not currently know what this will look like in concrete terms. But for now you are on the safe side with us.
Is it still worthwhile to get the old proof of competency now, when the new EU rules will soon apply?
Depends on what you have in mind. 😉
If you already have specific enquiries, i would recommend you to make proof of competency as soon as possible. It is then valid at least until 01.07.2021. The emphasis here is on at least. Because at the moment it is not quite clear how the conversion of the old licenses will take place in practice. The license may simply remain valid until the registered expiration date. However, it may also be that you may only have to take a small additional exam.
What should also be noted is that due to the current Corona pandemic, the offices are also working at a slower pace. At the moment there are rumors that it is no longer feasible to implement the new regulations by 01.07.2020. So much the better if you did not wait until then to get your license.
No matter how it happens, you are in good hands with us in any case
Do you also have a partner program?
Of course we have one! If you would like to recommend us and at the same time get money for it, then apply for our partner program. We offer you a Lifetime Commission,30 days cookie tracking and much more.
Can one become an examiner for you?
Yes, definitely! We are constantly looking for examiners. If you are interested in becoming part of the Copteruni team, then join us now!
I have neither PayPal nor a credit card. Can I also pay by invoice?
Of course! Just send us your request by mail. Don’t forget to send your details such as name and address so that we can write you a proper invoice. After receipt of payment, we will unlock you for the entire access.
I do not find Copteruni in the list of the Federal Aviation Administration. Why do you nevertheless offer the official proof of competency?
Of course, we are an officially recognised body. You can find us under the number DE. AST.032
Now you wonder why there is not Copteruni but Jan Evers? Quite simply, we are still a sole proprietorship and the Federal Aviation Administration then writes the name of the sole proprietor in the table.
Copteruni is the brand name for our training company. Maybe we will soon make a real limited liability company out of it 😉