Courses

If you’re interested in a specialized custom class or more advanced topics, be sure to check out our Training Solutions or contact us by phone at 585.598.4737 or by email at info@skyop.com.

View a list of all of our upcoming classes here.

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Intro to sUAS/Learn to Fly
Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep
Intro to sUAS – Public Safety
Hands-On Phantom 4, Inspire 1, and Typhoon H Training

Intro to sUAS/Learn to Fly

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) are a dynamic, emerging technology that will literally transform industries and have an economic impact of $100 billion over the next four years. This 12-hour course is comprehensive, hands-on training that gives you all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally. In addition to teaching safety best practices and piloting skills, we cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities, Learn To Fly and which one would be best for your use; we discuss how drones can be used in business and industry applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to business; and we teach drone photography and videography skills.

Our hands-on Knowledge-to-Action courseware, tested and vetted by the State University of New York, gives advanced insight into the business and employment opportunities created by drones. Topics covered include flying multi-rotor & fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies. The course includes a workbook, a quadcopter with camera, and a computer flight simulator with radio controller. Each student will receive a training certificate of completion.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification and accessing drone-enabled employment opportunities should supplement this course with the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep course. That course, designed to prepare operators to successfully pass the certification test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, supplements drone-specific knowledge with additional ground-school information covered in the test.

Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep

Keep up with changing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to remain ahead of the curve among commercial drone pilots. As of August 2016, anyone operating a drone for any commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA remote pilot certification. This highly focused course prepares you for the test to receive this certification.

Beyond drone-specific material, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test. Topics covered include regulations relating to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS); airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; Learn To Flyaviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

The remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70%. The test costs $150, paid separately to the Knowledge Testing Center. With successful completion of the test, you can apply for a remote pilot certificate for FAA Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 107. The course fee includes a workbook, 50 FAA sample test questions and six hours of instruction. Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

Hobbyists and students new to drone piloting should precede this course with the comprehensive 12-hour Intro to sUAS/Learn to Fly course, which provides all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally.

Intro to sUAS – Public Safety

Unmanned aircraft are in the process of revolutionizing public safety. Drones can put eyes and ears on the ground and in the air in scenarios that would be impenetrable or life-threatening to personnel. This technology has the potential to extend your team’s abilities while improving the safety of everyone involved in an emergency. SkyOp’s knowledge-to-action training translates this potential into practical action. We’ll arm you with the information that actually impacts public safety and empower you to make informed decisions during the planning stage – when you have the chance to maximize your return on investment.

Drone technology has unique implications for public safety personnel. To meet the specific needs of police, firefighters, and emergency management personnel, SkyOp has created this refined version of our comprehensive Introduction to sUAS course. Topics covered include public safety uses for sUAS, videos & photos, post-processing, situation analysis for first responders, accident photos & assessment, large group monitoring & control, following a suspected criminal, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threat assessment, search & rescue, active fire situations, damage assessments, hostage situations, surveillance, and the creation of training videos.

Students will learn how to use and apply multi-rotors and to understand fixed-wing and autonomous flight systems. They’ll gain an understanding of flight vehicles and their characteristics by using a simulator and through hands-on flights of different models and multi-rotors. Current FAA rules and regulations, plus operational risk and safety issues, will also be addressed.

The class consists of four four-hour sessions presented over two days, and scheduling options vary by location. Students will improve flight skills in class using a training quadcopter indoors without GPS assistance. Each student will also receive a computer flight simulator with radio controller and a workbook.

Hands-On DJI Phantom 4 Training

We instruct hands-on with students using all flight modes. Flight system specific information that may be covered includes upgrading firmware on both the flight system and batteries, charging and maintaining batteries, installing and using manufacturer and 3rd party apps, labeling all switches on the remote controller, using remote controller settings for different modes, component maintenance and replacement, geo-fencing, and operating the flight simulator internal to the system. Hands-on practice may include calibration, take-off and landing using both automatic and manual modes, hovering using the vision positioning system, obstacle avoidance, Course Lock, Home Lock, Point of Interest, Follow Me, Waypoints, Sport Mode, TapFly, follow-me using ActiveTrack, Atti Mode, return-to-home, camera operation, and emergency procedures. We also cover additional practical topics including charging batteries in the field and connecting external monitors, and we provide tips and tricks to maximize the performance and functionality of the system.

One-day and two-day classes are available for $495 per training day. Students must bring their own flight system, and training is currently offered at our Canandaigua, NY location during business hours. Advance registration is required.

Contact us by phone at 585.598.4737 or by email at info@skyop.com for more details and to sign up.

Hands-On DJI Inspire 1 Training

We instruct hands-on with students using all flight modes. Flight system specific information that may be covered includes upgrading firmware on both the flight system and batteries, charging and maintaining batteries, installing and using manufacturer and 3rd party apps, labeling all switches on the remote controllers, using remote controller settings for different modes, component maintenance and replacement, geo-fencing, and operating the flight simulator internal to the system. Hands-on practice may include calibration, take-off and landing using both automatic and manual modes, setting up and using dual remote controllers, hovering using the vision positioning system, Course Lock, Home Lock, Point of Interest, Follow Me, Waypoints, return-to-home, camera operation, and emergency procedures. We also cover additional practical topics including charging batteries in the field and connecting external monitors, and we provide tips and tricks to maximize the performance and functionality of the system.

One-day and two-day classes are available for $495 per training day. Students must bring their own flight system, and training is currently offered at our Canandaigua, NY location during business hours. Advance registration is required.

Contact us by phone at 585.598.4737 or by email at info@skyop.com for more details and to sign up.

Hands-On Yuneec Typhoon H Training

We instruct hands-on with students using all flight modes. Flight system specific information that may be covered includes upgrading firmware on both the flight system and batteries, charging and maintaining batteries, installing and using manufacturer and 3rd party apps, using radio settings for different modes, component maintenance and replacement, and geo-fencing. Hands-on practice may include using the ST16 and Wizard remote controllers, obstacle avoidance, Orbit Me, Point of Interest, Journey, Curve Cable Cam, Follow Me / Watch Me, calibration, take-off and landing, return-to-home, waypoints, camera operation, and emergency procedures. We also cover additional practical topics including charging batteries in the field and connecting external monitors, and we provide tips and tricks to maximize the performance and functionality of the system.

One-day and two-day classes are available for $495 per training day. Students must bring their own flight system, and training is currently offered at our Canandaigua, NY location during business hours. Advance registration is required.

Contact us by phone at 585.598.4737 or by email at info@skyop.com for more details and to sign up.

Custom classes for other flight systems are also available.