DRONE TRAINING – Levels & Types | The Differences You Should Know!
Hi, this is Dave from Steel City Jones Flight Academy, alongside Michael McVeigh, from Florida Jones supply. Who is one of my lead drone instructors, and we’re here today to really help you decide and try to just make sure that you understand the differences of different levels of drone training.
We have a lot of customers and clients coming to us asking us for our the put packages together for drone training, and we realize that a lot of clients they really don’t know the difference between the different levels of drone training.
So we want to step you through what some of those are and the difference is what you can get, but especially when you’re trying to compare different flight schools. So the very first thing I want to say, Michael would be.
You know there’s kind of three different levels of training out there. The first level is what I would consider to be hobbyist, where you may spend maybe 15 20 minutes with an instructor, basically a learn, not how to crash class right yep, and then I would say the next level up would be an introduction kind of commercial level.
Where you know you have to know your rules and regulations for part 107, you might have a little bit of about risk management and safety on a very light level, and that would what I would consider to be a introduction class and then, where’S more comprehensive classes and more comprehensive training.
So really we want to make sure that you understand and talk a little more about each of them again. A lot of drone schools and drone flight schools. Training classes are going to basically give you one instructor for maybe 10 or up to 20 students at a time, and we absolutely do not do that and we don’t do that, because we feel that the level of that the quality of the Training suffers: they’re, not gonna get as much flight time, one on one flight time with an instructor as you would, if you have maybe five or six, so we limit ours to really no more than six and that’s.
For a very specific, the reason, because we want to make sure that we have the comprehensive time with each of our students – and you know Michael – we build our flight training up from the ground up.
We start out with a 101 level of what drones 101 and we kind of space our classes out to allow our students to be able to practice on their own and gradually get up to that point, because we want to make sure you understand you can’t learn how to fly a drone overnight and we’re gonna we’ll go over.
Why? That is with automation. It makes things a lot easier, but that doesn’t mean that you can fly and learn how to fly very quickly. It is a process. This process is something where I feel it takes up to maybe hundred flights of practice and maybe 15 20 hours of practice time.
So you it does can’t become a really good commercial pilot really quickly. The second thing is the experience level for the instructors is very important at the very minimum. Our flight instructors have 700 hours of flight experience and they’ve all started out, doing work for clients and getting you know, learning from the trenches up.
So we have a lot of experience level and that can’t, be substituted. It’s, not just understanding you like. How do you make the drone go higher or faster or sideways or backwards? It’s? What do you do when you have something that’s unexpected and having a man aviation background myself? I think that’s, one thing that the fa really taught us in ground school and they the flight instructors, teach us.
While we’re flying. Is it’s, real easy to operate your drone or your aircraft? When everything is going according to plan, it’s, what happens in an emergency scenario? What happens in an unexpected scenario? We’re, having all the time behind the sticks and all the time flying really really helps.
You make good decisions. Safe decisions and get the aircraft back under control under control and back into whatever expected situation that you’re flying in at the time. I could have said it any better.
We really concentrate a lot of our curriculum on preparing for the worst-case scenario, because if you’re not prepared on how to hand a certain situation as it comes up, what ends up happening is to join you operator, panics and, and it either flies Away or you crash right, so there’s, no other way around that that’s.
What happens in these type of situations? So we a part of experiencing the worst case scenario. Is we really spend a lot of time getting our students to learn how to fly manually without any automation, because there’s, a huge difference between flying manually and without any automation and learning to fly with this GPS position? Hold it’s like I considered to be linked with training wheels.
You know when you were little, you know your dad would take off the training wheels and you’d, have to you know, ride the brake. You know for the first time. It really is that much difference a lot of our students when they first start out with us.
You know they kind of you know they’re nervous. They’re, not sure what to expect, and then, when we get them going on with GPS position whole just to get their confidence level up, they think, oh, my god, this is so easy.
Well, I thought this was gonna, be so much harder and then, when you turn off the automation and then automatic knees turns into holy crap, you know kind of raining right, so that’s. What we do we really spend a lot of time.
Teaching everybody how to learn to fly manually. We have a lot of you know a lot of different practice exercises that we put our students through over all of our years of experience in these things that what can happen so with that said, thanks again and we’ll talk to you soon.