Ground School Summary

Do you want to learn to fly a UAV professionally
or just learn to fly as a hobby?

Take it from us, learning all of the ins-and-outs of the flight control systems & hardware not to mention whats required to legally flying any UAV commercially / or privately can be, confusing, intimidating and down right complicated.

If you’ve ever considered flying commercially, Airborne Works is happy to be able to help you navigate this process. The following points are taken directly from the FAA web site. Take a look at the some of the basic requirements and steps involved when becoming a UAV
commercial pilot.

Our FAA Part 107  curriculum simplifies this process for you, in fact if you don’t past your first test we’ll refund your Test Fee.

First-Time Pilots

Steps To become a pilot you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

Pilot certificate Requirements

  • Must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations
  • Valid for 2 years – certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years

Application Process

  1. Schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center (KTC), which administer initial and recurrent FAA knowledge exams
    1. View the list of Knowledge Testing Centers (PDF) to find one near you.
    2. Applicants must bring government-issued photo ID to their test
  2. Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test – initial knowledge test areas include:
    1. Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
    2. Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
    3. Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
    4. Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
    5. Emergency procedures
    6. Crew resource management
    7. Radio communication procedures
    8. Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
    9. Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
    10. Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
    11. Airport operations
    12. Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
  3. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) using the electronic FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA)*
    1. Register using the FAA IACRA system
    2. Login with username and password
    3. Click on “Start New Application” and 1) Application Type “Pilot”, 2) Certifications “Remote Pilot”, 3) Other Path Information, 4) Start Application
    4. Follow application prompts
    5. When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID (NOTE: it may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA)
    6. Sign the application electronically and submit to the Registry for processing.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent when an applicant has completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.
  5. A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.
  6. * Applicants who do not wish to complete FAA Form 8710-13 online may choose the paper process. Please note that the processing time will be longer if a paper application is used since it requires in-person approval and signature by a designated pilot examiner (DPE), an airman certification representative (ACR), or an FAA-certificated flight instructor (CFI), and must then be mailed to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for final review and signature. Additionally, a temporary remote pilot certificate will not be provided to the applicant.
    Instructions for completing the paper application process may be found in Chapter 6, Section 4 of the Part 107 Advisory Circular.

Heres How We Can Help!!

Let our experts simplify and guide you through the processes in our on site 8 hour class room / hands on ground school … we offer instruction on, DJI Phantom / Inspire / 3DR Robotics or Splash Drone water proof UAV’s in our flight school. You choose the aircraft and we will show
you how to safely fly it.

Our ground school training starts with a few hours of the basics of UAV technology and some flight simulation in a very realistic flight simulator program that gives you control access so you can learn the basics without worrying about crashing.

Our program is designed to walk you through everything you need to know. From the very important preflight checklist to the sophisticated flight control systems, their capabilities and the limitations of specific aircraft.

In the ground school we will also touch on FAA rules and regulations, to the various settings and features of different manufacturers!

Then the Fun part begins as we finish the day with our expert pilot(s) as they take you outside (weather permitting) for some one-on-one flight instruction. Best of all if you don’t own your own UAV, no problem you can use ours. If you’re interested in operating commercially contact us
about combining our FAA part 107 training with the flight school to receive an additional discount on both of these exciting packages packages.

Class Room Lesson A
Rules and Regulations:
The FAA and Recreational / Commercial UAV guidelines.. Resources in access two apps in websites to help you Know the rules before you fly

Class Room Lesson B
Flying Safe:
Preflight inspection, situational awareness , Planning Your Flight Creating Checklists Logging,
Weather Considerations, Aircraft limitations, flying around public.

Class Room Lesson C
The Industry of UAV’s:
A little history about hobbyist versus professional use Technology advancements different manufacturers, capabilities of aircraft. The 55 pound rule, Business opportunities industries I can benefit from UAV technology. Downloadable resources for later use.

Class Room Lesson D
UAV best practices

Hands on Flight simulation access, We will take you through preflight take off, joystick operation. Auto and manual take off, simple hover, simple maneuvers flight control system settings . Show you how Pilot Disorientation can happen and how to safely overcome it. Advanced maneuvers
including auto return home and landing and manual landing. Setting waypoints, follow me mode, Point of interest, Home lock versus course lock whats the difference. Should you fly FPV or not? We also cover Weather considerations, GPS and non-GPS mode.. Atti-mode, etc. You’ll learn safely and have fun with our realistic flight simulation systems. We will provide a wealth of video web links to to referred to after the class.

Class Room Lesson E
Emergency procedures in safety:
Safety is no accident, unexpected things can and WILL happen and we prepare you for the unexpected and how to best handle an in-flight emergency. Flyways, Lost link GPS issues etc.. What the requirements are for reporting incidents to the FAA and what are some practical safety
procedures to implement before and during a flight of any UAV

Field Lesson F
We go over some take off and landings we talked about the importance of flight records Post flight inspection. On going maintenance of flight control systems specifically firmware updates to both aircraft and tablets Smart phones and the importance of physical maintenance on your aircraft in batteries.. We take the time in this lesson to answer any and all questions that you may have. At this point you should feel very comfortable operating and UAV.

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