Online UAS training?

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Matthew, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Matthew

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    I got asked this morning by a non-pilot about getting a commercial UAS license.

    I didn’t go through any ab-initio training when I got mine since I already had a PP.

    Any recommendations on places to start that I can pass along?
     
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    FAA, King, Sportys, all the obvious for ground. There are companies that do start to finish ground and practical training with a variety of drones. Here’s one of many.

    https://www.uastc.com/us/
     
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    Thanks.

    I already mentioned King’s and checking at a local community college. This individual works for a construction company and getting that commercial UAS will be useful for some of the work they do.

    I forgot the obvious, FAA.
     
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    The paperwork is fairly easy, even easier than the PPL. But....learning to control one of the higher-end drones is not that easy. I've got 2 little ones ($10 models) that I fly inside the house (cathedral ceilings) and I'm lousy at it. Maybe if I practiced more....
     
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    This individual does understand that the UAS rating has no hands-on requirements and has some training and handling options for the drone itself.
     
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    Gold Seal was the first company to have an online UAS ground school program.
    www.UAVGroundSchool.com

    I'd much appreciate the mentions.
     
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    Two of us, both CFI's, did this Become a Drone Pilot (faa.gov) a little over 4 years ago. Shorter course and test if you are already a pilot. I do not remember it being hard. We validated each other and a few weeks later we had our certificates. I have yet to fly one.
     
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    here is a free course which I watched a couple times, took notes, and continued to study the free material. Also took a free PPL ground school which helped understand weather and airspace.

     
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    What’s missing?
     
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    It’s only “plete”. There’s no “income”.
     
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    I don't remember precisely. I went through it in detail a couple of years ago, but it definitely skips some things.
     
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    Did you by chance send a message to afs630comments@faa.gov? If you can recall what items were skipped, I can pass them on. I will say that it certainly doesn’t spoon feed the reader, and does essentially direct them to read part 107 and the AC for the regulatory section. But if you read the whole thing and the references it points to, you’ll have what you need to pass the test and operate legally. That said, everyone learns differently, and this guide certainly wasn’t designed to Martha king or Sheppard your way through the knowledge test.
     
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    I did mine with pilotinstitute.com. Greg is great. Very reputable. Highly recommended (I think his Udemy version if it still exists is a great deal).
     
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    Same here. I found Greg at Pilot Institute provided a solid UAS course.
     
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    Check FAA.GOV, last I looked the UAS course and test were being reworked due to recent changes in the FARs governing commercial UAS operations.
    So the course and test were not available last week.

    I got mine years ago, but it would be good for all those that currently hold a UAS rating to go back and review all of the changes.
     
  19. Matthew

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    Thanks for that reminder.

    I did look at, and passed along, some of the new info.

    I think many online courses (like Kings) stay on top of changes, but it will take a little time to get the new info incorporated.

    Two of the changes that are coming are the ability to do operations over people and at night (under certain conditions). And I think they are also changing the requirement that a non-pilot (someone with only the UAS license) has to renew every two years only at a testing facility - they are going to be able to renew online just like the rest of us with that certificate.

    The changes go into effect either this month or next.