Flock are thrilled to announce that they have partnered with UAV8, a renowned commercial drone training school. The collaborative partnership has enabled UAV8 to provide free Flight Assessment insurance with their courses, protecting training pilots with both hull (drone and airborne accessories) and Public Liability cover. This allows pilots to take their assessment with peace of mind, as they can fly knowing the equipment their future business depends on is covered.
The new partnership forms part of Flock’s ongoing commitment to make entry into the UK’s growing drone industry easier, and more accessible, than ever. This has been the driving force behind Flock’s ‘Insurance Included’ initiative, which has been positively received by NQE’s across the country since its launch earlier this year.
Streamlining the training journey
This year, UAV8 have trained hundreds of drone pilots, ranging from sole-traders, to those preparing to fly for some of the largest UK drone operators. Throughout the year, UAV8’s courses are regularly oversubscribed. This is no doubt a result of the team’s highly qualifed instructors who collectively have over 200 years flight training experience.
UAV8 courses take place over three days, where fundamental theory practices are taught, prior to a practical Flight Assessment. As commercial drone insurance is a legal requirement in the UK, the CAA require that training pilots have appropriate insurance in place for their Flight Assessment. Thanks to the new partnership, UAV8 pilots can book insurance in a matter of taps with the Flock Cover mobile app at no extra cost. Personalised insurance documents are instantly sent to the pilot, ready to show the instructor on the day of the assessment.
Booking Flight Assessment insurance takes less than one minute with the Flock Cover app.
Support beyond training
Both Flock and UAV8 go the extra mile to ensure that pilots are supported beyond their Flight Assessment. The UAV8 team work closely with pilots to complete their Operations Manual, which is then reviewed by the CAA as part of the PfCO application process. Another important (and mandatory) step in PfCO applications is submitting proof of EC785/2004 compliant insurance. With the Flock Cover app, pilots can instantly receive a CAA accepted proof-of-insurance document without having to purchase a commercial policy first. The Flock team are also on standby 7 days a week to provide PfCO support.
The support that both companies provide extends well into a pilot’s career as a commercial operator. UAV8 offer all students a lifetime of free advice, whilst Flock provide flexible ‘Pay-as-you-fly’ insurance and safety tools to commercial operators through the Flock Cover app.
New products in 2019
Flock’s current insurance offering is continuing to prove popular for newly qualified pilots, as the affordability of Pay-as-you-fly enables pilots to invest in other areas, such as getting their new business off the ground.
To further expand its flexible insurance offering, Flock will be publicly launching a new subscription product, Fly Unlimited, in the new year. Created with frequent flyers in mind, Fly Unlimited is a flexible monthly policy that can be cancelled or paused at any time. This opens the door for pilots to fully customise their insurance throughout the year, using Fly Unlimited during busy periods, and Pay-as-you-fly over quieter spells, such as in the winter months.
Barry Humphreys MBE, Managing Director of UAV8 said of the partnership: ‘At UAV8 we pride ourselves in putting our clients first, and the new partnership with Flock serves to strengthen this even further. The experience for our pilots is seamless, and Flock’s comprehensive insurance enables them to fly safely, and with total peace of mind. We’ve quickly built a very close working relationship with the Flock team, and we look forward to what’s set to be a very busy and exciting 2019!’
Ed Leon Klinger, Flock’s CEO commented: ‘We’re thrilled to have teamed up with the team at UAV8; these guys are truly some of the best in the business. We will be working closely with them to make sure their pilots are supported every step of the way. This includes launching a whole suite of new insurance and risk management products in 2019. These will accommodate UAV8’s entire range of clients, from small drone businesses through to the largest commercial enterprises”.
Flock is a London-based, VC and Government backed insurtech startup, who have partnered with Allianz to launch Europe’s first Pay-as-you-fly drone insurance app, Flock Cover. The app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices. Flock is currently launching its new insurance product, Fly Unlimited, to a small number of UK drone pilots. To find out more, email [email protected]
UAV8 deliver industry leading commercial drone training courses. The team is made up of former military pilots and instructors, who have an unequalled provenance of delivering aviation training in both the unmanned and manned aircraft industries. For more information, visit https://www.uav8.co/ or call 0800 085 6885.