A year ago I bought the MP with no intention other than having a travel drone and enjoying the downtime from work taking pretty pics and expanding my movie making to add to my diving videos. As time went on I got more proficient and was taking some semi decent stuff, and I noticed as time went on more and more people were asking me to film stuff for them with money being offered. Being a good boy (and a cop close to retirement with no desire to mess it ups with some illegal business interests) I finally bit the bullet and took and passed a PFCO course.
The course itself was run by Phantom Flight school who I wholly recommend. Their chief pilot, Simon Smith, is a solid dude who knows his stuff and th course is interesting and well laid out. They have various venues, and I did mine at the Maidstone Mercure Gt. Danes Hotel in Kent which is a great flying venue. The course itself cost in the region of £1300 and it was the three day version which comes after you’ve done the online theory course which is supplied by a NQE (national qualifying entity) called 3ic who were also very good.
I’ve since gained permission to fly commercially through my work as well as getting a pilots place on the force drone unit which is excellent as they have some big gear to fly. I’ve also been lucky and managed to get some commissions so I’ll soon have some beer money coming in.