- Isabella Gustave | UAV Coach
This month, UAV Coach announced their new in-person drone flight training classes, which are available across the Southeast United States. UAV Coach created the 90-minute, in-person training class for drone pilots to gain hands-on flight time with an instructor, practice with intelligent flight modes, and knowledge about what to do before, during and after a flight mission to stay compliant and safe.
In-Person Drone Training Class
During UAV Coach’s in-person drone flight training class, students can expect to:
Meet with an expert and friendly instructor in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field
Learn on a popular DJI drone model that will be provided by the instructor
Have 30-45 minutes of hands-on flying time to master orientation, basic flight maneuvers, and more advanced flight skills
Walk through the DJI Go 4 app so that you understand the settings and indicators
Learn how to handle obstacles such as lost GPS, low battery charge or emergencies
Practice flying under various intelligent flight modes
Capture photo and video at your flight location
Understand best practices of being a safe drone pilot
Ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more
Students do not need to have their own drone to take the course. UAV Coach’s highly vetted team of instructors provide a DJI Mavic, Phantom, or Inspire drone for the class.
"As a UAV Coach instructor, I enjoy watching the students pick up and improve their flight skills and knowledge. Students will gain confidence and improved skills in just one session, and it’s a great deal of fun."
— Glen Sherwin, UAV Coach Instructor
UAV Coach debuted the class throughout the Southeast in select cities across eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. View specific locations on our class locations map.
The UAV Coach team expects to add more locations later this year throughout the U.S. If classes haven’t been added in your location yet, check out our online drone training resources.
The instructor will meet the student(s) for a private or group lesson in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field. All UAV Coach instructors are interviewed and subject to background checks. Additionally, all instructors have drone pilot experience in industries such as real estate, construction, and public safety. With years of experience in the field and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification, the UAV Coach drone pilot instructors are able to confidently answer student questions about regulations, software, flight operations, and more.
"We’re proud of the impressive team of instructors we’ve brought on board. They’re passionate about the industry and excited to share their knowledge with students."
— Lana Axelrod, UAV Coach Chief Operating Officer
The cost of the class is $199, which includes 90 minutes with a FAA Certified Part 107 pilot, drone equipment for the class, 30-45 minutes of flight time, and regulatory compliance and safety training.
This class is recommended for a variety of skill levels. You’ll benefit from UAV Coach’s in-person flight training course as a newcomer to the drone industry just getting into flying, an experienced drone pilot who wants to gain flight confidence and knowledge, or as a commercial drone pilot who wants to professionalize his or her operations. This is due to the fact that the instructor tailors each class to the student’s skill level and goals.
After booking your flight class, we’ll ask you some questions to help us better understand your goals. Then, we use your answers to personalize the class, which can cover topics like flight operations management, rules and regulations, DJI flight modes, and intelligent / advanced programming.
Other Drone Training Resources
There are additional, online resources for drone pilots learning how to fly or working towards their FAA Part 107 certification.
An excellent resource for novice drone pilots is our Drone Flying Guide — a beginner’s guide to multirotor systems & flight proficiency. This online guide covers drone flying lessons on quadcopter controls, pre-flight checklists, drone flying techniques, and more.
Commercial pilots and hobbyists working toward their FAA Part 107 Certification will benefit from another online resource, Drone Pilot Ground School (DPGS) — an online test prep course for commercial drone pilots looking to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test for a Remote Pilot Certificate. Students who take the DPGS prep course go on to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test with a 99% pass rate.
Be sure to check back or subscribe to our newsletter for announcements about in-person drone flight training as we work on adding more locations.
Original article at UAV Coach, here.
IDRA Membership & Insurance
For more information about the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) and how to become a member, please visit our website or find us on all social media platforms. As the world's largest association for recreational and commercial pilots, IDRA is the premier provider of primary liability insurance with worldwide coverage. This is a great and affordable service that we provide IDRA Members around the world.
If you need applicable and affordable insurance for your drone event (training, education, demos, exhibits, races, etc.) please contact us as well.
As always, stay safe, have fun, and we'll see you at the next race!