Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Training

Earn Your Commercial Drone License!  Drone Training (FAA Part 107) Classes Now Scheduled in Denver, Colorado, Through Year End

Planning to earn your commercial drone license?  The week of October 30, you could pass the FAA commercial drone test and be qualified to apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate AND have basic drone flying skills!

Registration is now open for the October 30 Unmanned Experts’ FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot Academy in Denver!*  Here’s the 2017 class schedule:

October 30 – November 3  NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION through Oct 29
December 4 – December 8 (Registration opens October 31)

Click here for the Part 107 Academy registration page.

Are you already thinking like a drone trailblazer? Are you following the stories on the new and compelling uses of drones that are providing valuable new services to many industries, safely and cost-effectively?

Have you considered how valuable a commercial drone license with actual flight experience would be on your resume if you work in these industries: property management; real estate; insurance adjusters; agriculture; power transmission and distribution; oil, gas field services; mining; agriculture; wind turbines; state DOT contractors; or state county services contractors?

Here’s the key: anyone who operates a drone for a commercial enterprise (their own or any other) must have a personal Remote Pilot Certificate.

This may be your new opportunity. Get ready now!

We’ll help! Our mission: get you to pass your commercial drone pilot test without moving that test day out over and over!

When the FAA announced the new commercial drone category rules (Part 107) in August of 2016, we realized that we had the resources and experience to create a course to teach the regulations and theories involved and prepare students to pass the test. But we were as surprised as everyone else that the new rules did not require any demonstration of basic drone handling and flight skills.

We decided that truly thoughtful future remote pilots would want an introduction to safety-centered flying and mission management. So we designed an online plus 4 1/2 day agenda to provide a thorough introduction to the elements of professional, safe, and knowledgeable UAV uses in commercial work. Our instructors are themselves experienced Remote Pilot Certificate holders and UAS experts and Denver is our home.

The result: we’ve taught seven classes over the last year to students from the U.S., South America, and Africa, and all have passed the Part 107 test on the last day.

WHAT YOU GET with the Part 107 Academy class registration:

–Online Part 107 Prep Course: 10 modules; about 14 hours of study (access: 1 year)
–Part 107 Regulations and Theory Review Class – 8 hours
–UAV Systems and Procedures Introduction – 8 hours
–Introduction to UAV flight – two days
–Registration for the Part 107 UAG (Commercial Drone) Exam ($150 FAA exam fee included)
–Certificate of Training: Part 107 Academy (worth $100’s in potential insurance discounts)

All the above for a signup fee of $1395 (and – it’s a business expense!) Compare to the travelling “drop in” Part 107 classes!

We present the 4 1/2 day Part 107 Academy course in the “Tech Center” area of Denver, Colorado. (About half of our students are from the Denver area. We hold the classes near a variety of hotels for out-of-town students.) There are two days of classroom instruction, two days of flight instruction, and a morning dedicated to taking the 107 test. Students finish around 1 PM on Friday. More details will be sent upon registration.

Employers and public agencies: Are you developing your own UAS “Unmanned Aviation Systems” program? In your program you will need knowledgeable and licensed UAV pilots. One third of our Academy students are sponsored by their employers. We are happy to welcome employees to the class who will lead you into the drone era.

Can you think of a better career-enhancing investment than earning a Remote Pilot Certificate in about two week of study for under $1500? (For comparison: earning a private pilot license takes about $10,000 and six months!). Our graduates say:

“The training from Unmanned Experts exceeded my expectations as a new drone pilot. I highly recommend their week-long hands-on program if you are pursuing the FAA Part 107 certification. Good combination of classroom instruction, online coursework, and indoor and outdoor flight training. Well done, UMEX!”  – J. K., March 2017

“Unmanned experts provided me with the tools I needed to become not only a successful pilot but also a business owner. I have recently turned my hobby into a profession because of the tools that Unmanned Experts provided me. When I walked into the FAA exam center I knew I was going to pass because that how prepared I felt.“ – O. B., May 2017

“I spent a week with an Unmanned Experts instructor that culminated in the receipt of my FAA Part 107 license to operate my drone commercially. Both the classroom time to master the FAA requirements and time spent learning to fly a drone were invaluable. My instructor is an experienced aircraft and drone pilot who is well versed in all the factors that one needs to know to legally fly a small unmanned aerial vehicle.” – S. B., July 2017

Join the drone trailblazers: the entrepreneurs and forward-thinkers who will lead the adoption of unmanned aircraft technology!

*Classes may be rescheduled or canceled due to operational necessities. Best efforts will be made to meet student needs, or appropriate refunds will be provided.

Click here for the Part 107 Academy Registration page.

What’s your #1 question about getting your commercial drone Remote Pilot Certificate?  Ask us at training@unmannedexperts.com!

Some quick FAQs:

Is it hard to pass the Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft General (drone) test?
Not if you commit yourself to doing the course work! The FAA’s Part 107 basic regulations are straight-forward and easy to grasp. The additional topics on navigation, aerodynamics and weather are roughly equal to basic lectures from high school physics and geography. The topics on human factors and crew management would be familiar to anyone who’s been part of a team. And the Academy agenda includes taking four practice tests to check your progress and find subjects to revisit. If you keep your focus, you’ll be well-prepared for the test on the last day!

Do I need any drone experience to be successful at the Part 107 Academy?
No! You just need to be committed to doing the coursework and participating in the class lectures and flight training. It’s helpful to have some drone experience, but not necessary. About one third of our students have never touched a drone before they start the class.

What drones do you teach with? Can I bring my own drone?
We introduce drone flight techniques with simple DJI Phantoms that do not have live video feeds. Depending on interest, some students might try our DJI Inspire 1. We encourage any students who own their own drone to bring it as the Academy provides an excellent opportunity to practice with it.

Can’t I just take an online Part 107 study course to prepare for the FAA test?
Of course – and that’s a good solution for some people who don’t have the time or funds to invest in a nearly week-long course. We even offer the online portion of our Part 107 Academy as a standalone course for those who just want self-paced online study. But those who can make the investment in the Academy enjoy these benefits: 1) they are part of committed team and study group that supports each others’ learning; 2) they get exposure to safe drone flight management by learning to fly simple drone missions; 3) they earn a UMEX course certificate that can qualify them for discounts on their commercial liability insurance, and 4) they have an excellent chance of going home with an FAA test passing score that will let them activate their Remote Pilot Certificate as soon as their results get into the FAA pilot registration system.

Is there a big demand now for drone pilots?
The drone – UAV industry is young and the demand for pilots/operators is fluid, but it is steadily rising as companies embrace UAV benefits. Many newly-minted drone pilots are starting businesses with low barriers to entry – primarily airborne and real estate photography. Those areas can be very price-competitive. Our graduates who seem to be getting the most early traction from their UAV licenses have focused firmly on a drone specialty – such as harbor/seaborne photography or extreme sports video work – with thoughtful business and brand-building plans. Other are targeting the needs of industry and move on to study mining or agricultural services. And one third of our students are in companies that want to embrace UAS technology, and as new Remote Pilots, they immediately become part of the company UAS teams developing corporate UAS programs.

ONLINE COURSES.  To make training resources conveniently available to the UAS community, Unmanned Experts offers additional UAS-focused courses online.  Thus anyone can pursue them, anytime, at their own speed.  These courses are thoughtful, detailed, and engaging.  They’ve proven to be a popular starting point for aspiring UAS professionals and a good refresher for those operating in the UAS arena.  See the Unmanned Experts Online Course Catalog here.

ONLINE FAVORITE: Part 107 Online Prep Course (PT107OL).  With the FAA’s release of CFR Part 107, a whole new generation of budding commercial UAS operators can now legally take to their controllers and use drones in their professional pursuits. This course has been developed specifically for preparing new drone pilots to prepare for and pass the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam through online self study.  It is included in the Part 107 Academy class described above.  Course information here.

Let us help you meet your UAS training objectives by developing a custom classroom or online course for your organization.