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Drone Training for the Media Industry 

Consortiq is pleased to offer our Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Media course, an end-to-end course aimed at giving those working in TV and video production all the practical and theoretical skills to begin to operate drones safely and efficiently during aerial filming and aerial photography. Over the past year, Consortiq has collaborated with clients including BBC Studios and NBC News to identify and provide training and expertise for unmanned filming operations.

Led by ex-BBC filmmaker, Michael Surcombe, the UAQ-M gives candidates more than just the theoretical and practical knowledge of UAVs, but also ties in the essential creative skills needed in production.

A 5-day residential UAQ Media course is also held in partnership with 1st Option Safety, leaders in the industry for media risk management.

The full UAQ Media qualification is available to those who wish to learn how to operate a drone and use it in TV and film production. The package offers complete training for the novice operator and will provide all the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate a drone safely and efficiently during aerial filming and aerial photography. Consortiq is happy to host the drone course at the client’s base if required. The course includes:

  •  Basic flight training
  • The UAQ Part 107 Essentials Course
  • Advanced media-specific scenarios and drone camera skills

Qualification: A UAQ qualification from Consortiq plus UAQ-M certificate and candidate report/evaluation.

In addition to the full UAQ-M, a primer course for accountable managers and those booking or planning drone operations is available. The course is delivered in collaboration with media safety specialists, 1st Option Safety. Taught by leading drone professionals from Consortiq, this half day session provides candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively procure and manage drones, and assist their employer’s obligation to protect staff who undertake hazardous operations. The course includes:

  • A review of serious incidents that have already happened in media productions
  • The basics of current legislation, including recent and forthcoming changes
  • Current drone technology
  • How to manage teams and book operations
  • Planning workshop
  • Drone flight simulator
Qualification
A UAQ qualification from UAVAir plus UAQ-M certificate and candidate report/evaluation.
“The UAQ-Media course was extremely detailed and covered everything I needed and wanted to learn in a simple, easy to understand way over a short period of time. From starting out as a complete novice, I now feel very confident in flight planning, knowing my legal limitations and flying safely.”
Lindsay McCrae, Camera Operator
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