Why Drone Flying Training Good for You

The drone craze keeps attracting legions of fans from all walks of life. That is how popular UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones are, yet many do not know how to operate their flying gadgets, impeding the growth of the young industry.

They think it is a simple operation, but as soon as they get over the hang of having a drone, they either put them away, or continue to fly them without bothering to learn how. Some do not even seem to check the rules and regulations concerning the use of drones.

This is why a lot of mishaps or near collisions involving drones occur almost each day, and this has given rise to the integration of geofencing technology with drone technology

A DJI Phantom Drone, one of the most in demands…

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Geofencing is a technology that defines a virtual boundary around a real-world geographical area. In doing so, a radius of interest is established that can trigger an action in a geo-enabled phone or other portable electronic device. – See more here:

The world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones – DJI – announced last year a new geofencing system featuring continually updated airspace information.

Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide DJI drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety concerns. For the first time, drone operators will have, at the time of flight, access to live information on temporary flight restrictions due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel, and other changing circumstances. Read more at:

On the other hand, the anti-drone technology is on the rise too hoping to curb the incidence of reckless drone flying, even banning it from the skies, but those who know better believe stifling the drone industry is not a good response to the situation.

That is the reason drone flying training schools are getting popular these days. Drone users, especially beginners, will benefit much when they undergo such training, to learn to be skillful, safe and responsible in operating their drones. In addition, some may even pursue a career in this field, or open a drone-related business, such as providing uav aerial photography services.

An article on National Geography presents the writer’s (Kike Calvo, Photographer) own experience as a drone pilot trainee at a drone flying training school. Here’s what he wrote as to why he went for training:

In order to understand the conversations and dynamics between policy makers, concerned citizens and passionate RC hobbyists, I decided to join a Drone Pilot Training Certificate at the Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU). The university’s primary focus area is on Unmanned Air, Ground and Sea Systems education and training. http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/30/so-you-want-to-fly-drones/

Drone flying training schools, like the UVU, not only equip interested drone flyers with proper drone operation techniques and skills, but also offer academic programs that lead to a degree.

Dr. Jerry LeMieux, a former military fighter pilot and Delta Air Lines pilot, is the founder of the Unmanned Vehicle University in Phoenix. Students can get certified to pilot a drone, learn to become a professional aerial photographer, or get a master’s or Ph.D. in UAV systems engineering.

“Thousands and thousands of small UAVs are going to be in the sky because everyone wants to do this as a business or even help their existing business,” said LeMieux. “They may want to use these vehicles as tools to help their business, or they may want to start their own business to provide a service.” Read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/31/drone-technology-uav-unmanned-aircraft/368383

Another training school offers a safety course for owners on drone operation and maintenance. As it says on its site, the MIAT College of Technology offers a course that can fit a drone operator’s time schedule.

The drone operator safety training includes, among others:

Actual flight time with several types of UAV’s provided by class, or the operator’s personal drone;

Satellite assisted control vs. radio control;

– Common small UAV construction material and design;

Repairs and replacement of light damage of structure, motors, propellers, and similar components

Drone Registration

Here’s a reminder to all drone owners from the FAA to register your drones.

*Who must register?

The owner must be:

  • 13 years of age or older. (If the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the small unmanned aircraft.)

  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

See more here:

*Why must drones be registered?

Federal law requires aircraft registration. Registration helps us ensure safety – for you, others on the ground, and manned aircraft. UAS pose new security and privacy challenges and must be traceable in the event of an incident. It will also help enable the return of your UAS should it be lost.- Read more at:

Remember, although getting a good training on how to fly your drones may not yet be mandatory for hobbyists and recreation enthusiasts — it is so for those entering the drone field for jobs or career though – registering your drones is a must.

Yet think about it, for whatever purposes you want to fly your drone(s), a drone flight education can provide you with excellent headstart to a fun, safe, and rewarding hobby, recreation, business or career.

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