Intro to Drones


Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) are a dynamic, emerging technology that will literally transform industries and have an economic impact of $100 billion by 2020. 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, 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 review drone photography and videography skills.

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.

Our unique indoor flight training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV) flying indoors without wind/weather through obstacle courses. This approach develops three primary skill proficiencies:

1. Dealing with flight system orientation
2. Depth perception
3. Flying without dependency on GPS

We’ve found these are the essential skills needed to create the safest, most proficient remote pilots anywhere! Also, we’ve shown time and again that these basic skills are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. This practice creates much safer, more capable pilots who can easily fly without GPS when necessary (lost GPS signal is a key factor in many drone crashes).

The course includes a training quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator with a radio controller, and a workbook. 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 Part 107 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.

View Classes