As part of our on-going commitment to staff development, four of our AMPP qualified coating surveyors recently took part in GVC UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Training Certification, and we are pleased to announce Robert Dalzell, Lee Mothersdale, Chris Clark, and Lee Nolan all passed with flying colours. 

 The CAA-approved GVC course – General Visual Line of Sight Certificate – was delivered by Heliguy (, and consisted of three parts: theory examination, a practical flight assessment, and the completion of an Operations Manual.


Robert Dalzell, Project Director at Surface, said:

“It was a hugely beneficial course for all four of us to attend. The technicality and precision required with flying a drone was like nothing I have ever experienced before. The training came with its challenges but it was great that we all passed come the final day of training. I look forward to seeing how we can, in the not-too-distant future introduce this niche within what we already do at Surface. Thanks must go to Jack Sharp from Heliguy”

Jack Sharp (Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAV) Instructors at Heliguy) also commented;

“It was a great week’s training, and all the candidates worked hard over their three days of practical training. The Surface teamed showed a great interest in all aspects of Unmanned aircraft operations and asked questions regularly. They all were successful and passed their GVC flight assessments. On the fourth day of training, I showed the gentlemen what the DJI Matrice 300 could really do. We covered both the photography and thermography lessons, and I do not doubt that they will use this machine to its full potential in future operations with the knowledge and training they gained.”

Congratulations to the team, we are incredibly proud of your achievements. 

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