Firm launches UK’s first drone pilot training event

Christian Caton, from Heliguy. He joined the business straight from college.
Christian Caton, from Heliguy. He joined the business straight from college.

A renowned retail supplier and trainer of radio-controlled helicopters, camera drones and quadcopters for aerial photography is celebrating another successful year of market growth by launching the UK’s first small aerial camera drone pilot training programme.

Heliguy, which is run by Alnwick businessman Joel Ross, is behind the event, which will cater for anyone interested in filming and photography from a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The special road show is part of a larger international awareness campaign by Heliguy and UAV manufacturer, DJI Innovations.

Justin Pringle, Heliguy drone manager, said: “There has been a massive increase in demand for UAVs within the film industry this year and it has also become accessible in price to the home user too. We want to help anyone out there looking to expand the opportunity and form their own drone uses and business.”

The free drone pilot training course is designed for first-time pilots and those who want to learn more about flying safely.

Participants will be given a full one-hour indoor training session, followed by a one-hour, outdoor hands-on practice session with an experienced instructor.

It will be held at Newcastle Falcons’ ground on Thursday, December 11, from 1pm. Space is limited to only 60 delegates. To register, contact 0191 2961024 or email

Heliguy started seven years ago in Alnwick, but moved to its North Shields office in 2013. It now specialises in building drones for the film and TV industry and credits include the hit show, Game of Thrones. Visit for details.