Aero Drone Academy provides Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) educational classes and flight training for new and professional drone pilots. Our onsite classes are held at both our 6,000-square foot classroom and lodging facility, and over 9 miles of outdoor flight testing grounds in Class G airspace. We offer a Professional Series of mobile courses, as well as accredited college courses.
Aero Drone Academy Courses
Our workshops and classes are the perfect way for busy professionals to get started or advance in their careers. Courses are hosted at Nature's Point Training and Flight Center in Tygh Valley, Oregon. This 6,000 square foot training facility includes onsite lodging and collaborative spaces for a fully immersive class experience. Hands-on training is conducted on our nine square miles of private Class G airspace over secluded and varied terrain. Click here to see our list of courses currently open for registration. Informational PDF's about each class are available below:
The "CFR Part 107 Certification Training" class equips students with everything needed to pass the FAA’s commercial drone pilots license test.
The onsite immersive "Incident Qualification Card (IQC)" class equips drone pilots with the certifications and knowledge needed for participation and personal safety in wildland firefighting environments. Classroom topics will include wildland fire behaviors, human factors, terminology, fire fighting tools and safety equipment. Upon completion of the in-class written and physical tests, participants will walk away with FF2 Wildland Firefighter Red Card certification, First Aid/CPR certification, and FEMA emergency response IS700A and IS100B certifications.
This hands-on workshop introduces drone pilots to the skills needed to fly in wildland fire situations. This course includes communications, equipment, theory and in-field training with simulated scenarios including a controlled burn.
A two-day intensive, the “Advanced Commercial Drone Flight Training” workshop builds upon basic sUAS piloting skills to take professionals to the next level in their onsite safety and operational procedures, drone sensitivity and handling, and advanced flight maneuvers.
A two-day intensive, the “Intro to Commercial Drone Flight Training” workshop gives pilots a solid foundation in a wide variety of practical operations and flight skills including onsite safety and operational procedures, sUAS platform set up, drone sensitivity and handling, spatial awareness, field communication, and flight maneuvers.
The "Aerial Cinematography" workshop offers insight into technical and aesthetic cinematography choices, along with valuable hands on training and practice. Students are teamed up with a professional FAA-certified pilot who flies their shot plans so that they can focus on operating the camera. Each participant practices filming a series of classic shots, advancing from basic to more complex.
The "Aerial Cinematography and Editing" workshop offers insight into technical and aesthetic cinematography choices, and hands on training and practice during the first day of class. Students are teamed up with a professional FAA-certified pilot who flies their shot plans so that they can focus on operating the camera. Each participant practices filming a series of classic shots, advancing from basic to more complex. On the second day, students delve into what it takes to build a killer aerial cinematography reel.
College Accredited Classes
Our college classes offer credit-hours for students who are in associate and bachelor degree programs. The following classes will be available in 2018:
Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems
This 4-credit hour class is offered through Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), and will next be available during Spring Term 2018. The class is comprised of 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab. It is intended for the second year Electro-Mechanical Technology students but is offered to industry professionals seeking to build a foundational understanding of unmanned aircraft systems.
Classes will be held bi-weekly on campus at CGCC.
Some of the topics covered are:
(2) Risk Management
(3) Command and Control
(4) Human Factors
(5) Electrical Systems
(6) Communication Systems
(8) FAA Regulations
(9) Future of UAS