The GVC is a remote pilot competency certificate which has been introduced as a simple, ‘one stop’ qualification that satisfies the remote pilot competency requirements for VLOS operations within the Specific category.
The GVC is comprised of a theoretical examination and a practical flight test, which are both conducted at an RAE facility. The ‘basic’ GVC can be augmented by additional ‘modules’, such as Module 1, which address any additional remote pilot competency levels that may be required in order to comply with the requirements of slightly more complex operations, such as those involving ‘airspace observers’.
The CAA does not organise or run assessment courses, but they approve commercial organisations such as iRed®, known as Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs), to do this assessment on their behalf.
Yes and no. The GVC Module 1 is an assessment-only module, which results in a Module 1 certificate from the CAA. Once completed, students are able to include this as evidence within a smaller Operating Safety Case to apply for extended EVLOS permissions.
As it stands, Module 1 is cheaper than an OSC, and results in a significantly reduced application time when compared to a full OSC.