AviSight Drone Academy – “Nation’s Best Drone Education”

It really has been long nights and even longer days driving the drone industry and competing to be the best out there as both a service provider and a training entity, so it goes without saying that it really is great to hear that an article was written calling you the Best Drone Training in the nation. http://www.eventsandtradeshows.com/author/n-phillip-jackson/

It really makes you feel like that hard work was all worth it every time you read an article like that, or see that another one of your students has passed their Part 107 test or even gone on to do incredible things in the drone industry.

A lot of people question the cost of the training course, and I don’t disagree that compared to some of the other offerings out there, we are on the higher end of the scale. This is something we definitely took into account when we designed our course as we did not want to be the most expensive (and thankfully we are nowhere close), but we didn’t want to cheapen the brand and the value to the students. We strive to be the best and offer the best and unfortunately that comes with a little premium to make sure you, the student, are taken care of to the highest degree, not just during the class, but moving forward in the future as well. Our instructors always keep in touch with the students, whether through our Alumni Page, or in direct contact as long lasting friendships.

As an instructor, I have kept in contact with all my students, even having dinner with some of them if I have had the fortunate experience to travel through their hometown. The lessons and the learning never stop, not even for us, so as we learn new things, we make sure you learn those things as well. The industry is ever evolving and I believe the networking and personal relationships we form with people are the keystone to our success, while never sacrificing SAFE and LEGAL flying.

I’ll now leave you with some uplifting music, “You Can Make It If You Try”

Part 107… Part 107 Training… It’s finally here!

So, we’ve all been waiting for years to finally usher in new rules for commercial drone flight and that day finally came! On June 21st, the new rules were passed by the rules committee and published by the FAA. These new Part 107 rules will change the landscape of aviation for everyone, both manned and unmanned flight operations. Part 107 allows non-aviators to take a knowledge test and obtain an unmanned certificate to fly drones commercially. As you know, this opens the skies to potentially millions of new aviators.

AviSight Drone Academy has been working closely with the FAA to prepare ourselves for these new regulations. It has been a whirlwind of fun the past few weeks. We just concluded our first Part 107 focused course last week and it was met with great acclaim. We invited some other organizations to sit in on the course as well to validate our successes in this new focused course and they were wildly amazed; including a 25+ year veteran of the FAA that said if he could would give us “three thumbs up”. A lot of hard work has been put in by our team, especially our course designer Gary Buzel, a very well known name in the industry (holding FAA certs in ATP, CFI, CFI-I, GFI); he really is TOP NOTCH.

We offer two different courses aimed at commercial success, one is a 2-day Part 107 course that covers the basics of the FAA regulations and teaches you what you need to know for the exam in August; while the other is a 4-day drone master course that covers many things outside of just the Part 107 that will aid you in your business creation, such as a course on cinematography (taught by a Hollywood film maker) and an extensive course on Lipo battery hazards, utilization and understanding, among many other things.

Both courses teach airspace, weather updates, pre-flight inspection, all items that will appear on the knowledge test by the FAA. We also compliment our course with actual flying, inside the SouthPoint Arena, learning different moves, practical application and precision flying.

It truly was a great week, and I look forward to future classes with students with huge aspirations. It is our duty to progress this industry in the right direction and make sure people out there are flying both safe and legal. Until next time!
Part 107 Drone Training

How Drone Training can help you?

A lot of people ask about drones, the buzzword for today’s technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Each and every day a new use is thought up about an innovative way to incorporate drones and how it can make our lives easier. In today’s world, drones can have a positive impact on a multitude of different industries.

Drones are currently being used in the television and film industry as a more cost effective alternative to helicopters; and even getting shots that helicopters just don’t have the ability to get. In the news industry, they are referred to as “the great equalizer” in markets. In the past, only a select few stations could afford to have a helicopter, and some have even had helicopters, only to get rid of them due to cost cutting and budget reductions. Drones level the playing field for smaller news markets, or even just smaller stations and allows them to compete and get aerial shots they would’ve otherwise not been able to get or afford.

Real Estate agents have had an eye on drones for a while, nothing captures the entire property as well as an aerial shot, being able to highlight the yard layout, or even the view the house may have. Using a drone could be the difference maker between the house selling or sitting.

Construction companies have found ways to use drones to showcase the progress of their projects, conduct advanced data analysis of their piles for volumetric calculations and even safety inspections as needed.

The list can go on and on with almost every industry either already using drones, or wanting to use drones in the near term. The two things that stand in the way is how to do it legally, and how to do it safely.

The FAA has recently passed along their recommendations for the new small UAS rules, called Part 107. This will alleviate some of the restrictions in place for drone operators. One of the most important thing will allow non-pilots to become certified to fly a drone through Part 107 certification. This is very important because right now, in order to fly a drone commercially, a business needs to hold a 333 exemption (approximately 6 months wait time with the FAA) and the individual operating the drone needs to be a qualified pilot on a manned aircraft, a huge requirement for smaller drone businesses or those looking to augment their current business with a drone (like a real estate agent).

This summer should change all that with the release of Part 107 officially, and that’s where AviSight Drone Academy comes in, training specific to Part 107 standards for certification to get you flying legally and safely and ready to pioneer the drone business and take it to new heights (pun intended).

Our drone training course was broken down into a few different offerings, because we know not everyone wants to train for the commercial venture. Our 1-day beginner course is aimed at the recreational pilot; those that haven’t flown a drone in the past or just started flying. The focus of the 1-day course ($499) is recreational use, flying on vacations, flying your local parks, but also with an understanding of where and when you can fly, important for all enthusiasts putting a drone in the sky.

Our 2-day course ($899) is aimed at the professional user, those that want to augment their business with a drone, or those that are looking to begin their own drone service company themselves. This course is aimed at the Part 107 rulings and will offer a certificate of completion along with certification with the FAA as that opens up. Additionally, completing this course will help to tie you into a professional network of drone operators and even insurance companies that can offer cheaper insurance for those that have completed this training course.

Our 4-day course ($1599) is for the true Drone Master, looking to know as much as they can about drones and drone flying, even well beyond the Part 107 requirements, including specific tools of the trade and insider information that is not taught in traditional schools.  Our 4-day class will truly prepare you to start your own drone services based business. While the focus is for those starting their own business, our 4-day class accommodates all personnel looking to be masters within the field.

Our next class is at the end of June, from June 28 to July 1st. Call us at 877-570-5541 or email us info@vegasdroneacademy.com

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