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Hummingbird UAV

“Hummingbird provide first class training through employing the best instructors teaching small class sizes in state of the art training facilities. As well as being approved by the CAA to provide preparation and assessment as a National Qualified Entity (NQE), we are also a CAA approved Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) providing manned helicopter pilot training.

Our pilots and assessors are actively operating as both Commercial Helicopter Pilots and Commercial Drone Pilots. With over 30 years of manned and unmanned aviation experience between us, we look forward to passing on everything we know, to you, in an informal but safety driven atmosphere.”

Captain Matthew M Rake

First Class Drone Training

Unequalled Instruction

Our Theory Instructors and Flight Assessors have over 30 years of aviation experience between them – both manned and unmanned. We keep the classes small and retain multiple teaching locations across the UK.


Real Aviation Experience

Hummingbird UAV Headquarters are located at Hangar 3, Doncaster Sheffield Airport. At all of our locations you will be surrounded by real-world manned aviation.


How to Book a Course

Booking a course with us couldn’t be easier! Just click on Book Online, select the appropriate course and choose a date that suits you.

Meet The Crew

“Our instructors are highly experienced Commercial Helicopter Pilots with a combined total of 6000 flying hours. We provide all your training needs in-house so there’s no need to worry about anything. We look forward to passing on everything we know to you, in an informal but safety driven atmosphere.” – Captain Matthew M. Rake

Matthew Rake

Matthew has both European (EASA) and United States (FAA) ATPL(H) Licenses, the highest grade of license available to Professional pilots. Matt is type rated on 7 aircraft types including the Sikorsky S92 to the smaller Bell 412EP ‘Hughie’, R22 and 44.

Most recently he spent 5 years flying from Aberdeen to oil installations, ships and floating support vessels on the North Sea. Prior to flying on the North Sea Matthew flew for the Saudi Red Crescent in the then newly formed Civilian Air Ambulance and was based in both Jeddah, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

Matt has flown drones for several years, has a PfCO and has completed multiple SUA Commercial Operations. His goal is to pass on his knowledge and provide safe, consistent but heavily customer focused, Drone training, and he looks forward to meeting you.

Helen Spedding

Helen is a Director of Hummingbird Helicopters and Drones and Compliance Monitoring Manager for both Hummingbird Helicopters Ltd and Hummingbird UAV. She is a Production Manager for a documentary film making company and was part of the production team that won a BAFTA in 2017 for the documentary ‘Hillsborough’.

Kevin Taylor
Drone Instructor

Having joined the Special Constabulary in 2003 Kevin is a serving Special Sergeant and is the Chief Pilot of the Lincolnshire Police UAV Unit. Having overall responsibility for the safe delivery of all UAV operations, including all aspects of training and safety standards, Kevin has experience in all operational areas of Police UAV operations and has carried out 100s of live deployments in Search & Rescue, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear incidents, Offender Containment, Event Crowd Dynamics as well as experience in BVLOS flights. Kevin is credited with saving the life of an injured unconscious male following a Road Traffic Collision.
Kevin also works with the UK defence industry in developing autonomous UAVs for the surveying and detection of Landmines, utilising RTK positioning and manufactures Software Development Kits, furthermore, Kevin has vast experience working in aerospace defence of UAV Detect & Defeat technology and has been involved in the detection of UAVs involved in criminal activity.

Kevin is an Instructor & Flight Assessor of Unmanned Aerial Systems, for ab inito to advanced Remote Pilots and specialises in the training of Military and Emergency Services personnel. Kevin has a wealth of experience in both manned and unmanned aircraft and is the holder of Pilot licences for both Aeroplanes and Rotorcraft, having flown +1500 hours on 50+ aircraft types. Additionally, Kevin is also an authorised test pilot for the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and Light Aircraft Association (LAA) carrying out flight test programs of newly built manned aircraft.

Stephen Mitchener

The team at Hummingbird UAV are exceptional!

Colin McKevitt

What a fantastic company and a brilliant experience. Being involved with such a high-class operation installs confidence in results from day one. We recommend that any work relating to drones, air and flight is done alongside this company.

NMC Surfacing

A fantastic course and the people at Hummingbird are fantastic, they make it so simple and help at every stage I cannot recommend highly enough!

David Pickard

Highly recommend the drone course with Matt and Lewis. Professional, informative, exciting and fun.

Courtenay Holden

Matt and Lewis provided sound advice and a calm learning environment so that we were prepared for the flight assessment, and performed well on the day. We now have the basis for safe commercial operations and look forward to becoming proper UAV geeks!

Trevor Straffon

Professionally delivered in a relaxed atmosphere, with a very knowledgeable course instructor.

Elizabeth Scarff

Great course delivered by an experienced instructor.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Hummingbird UAV!