The quickest way to your FAA Remote Pilot Certification, the Apprentice Track is intended for those that have little to no prior experience with flying drones.  Even those with some flying experience that are still without their license are encouraged to start with this track.  At the end of the three-day intensive workshop and two webinars, students will be able to confidently setup, pilot, land, and distribute the collected data from their drone, as well as take the FAA's UAG certification test.  Our time together will be spent half in a classroom setting, and the other half outside flying together.

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FAA Remote pilot Certification

This 60 question, timed exam, seems daunting to most.  Through our guided study approach however, it can become more meaningful and less formidable.  After receiving our provided study guide and text book (included) in the mail, we'll work together during two 1-hour webinars in the weeks leading up to the workshop.  Guidance on which material to study, and special attention to the FAA's all important sectional charts will give participants the knowledge and confidence necessary to be successful with this test.

Hands-on Flight Training

Our time together will be spent half in the classroom, and half outside actually piloting drones.  Class time will focus on the actual operation of the UAV, safety measures, risk mitigation, flight techniques, mission planning, and much more.  Once we are comfortable the aspects of basic flight and UAV operation, we'll head outside for supervised flying.  Each participant can expect to successfully fly for at least 5 flights, totaling over an hour of air time over three days.  Weather and schedule permitting, we may be able to fly much more than that.  Each participant will need their own drone.  If you do not own or have access to a UAS, we have several available to rent for a nominal fee.  The DJI Mavic Pro or the DJI Phantom 4 are highly recommended for this class.  Support for brands other than DJI will be limited.

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Media management

Data collection is meaningless without distribution and analysis.  We'll focus on the most efficient means of data collection (pictures and video) and distribution.  With advances in app development and hardware, almost all aspects of collection and distribution can be done on mobile devices.  Pilots can now stream live video and photos online through a variety of platforms including Facebook Live and Youtube.  No longer are desktop computers needed to quickly edit and share data via email.



March 5-9, 2018 - SOLD OUT

October 15-19, 2018 - SOLD OUT

March TBD, 2019




Airport - Salt Lake City International (SLC)

Class will be held in Ogden, UT, 40 minutes north of the airport.  Rental cars are easily available from the airport.  "The Junction" area of Ogden hosts a variety of nightlife activities, restaurants, bars, and hotels.  The Hilton and Marriott are both located in this area.  

As class begins at 8AM, it is recommended that all participants arrive Monday prior.  Class will continue from 8AM to 5PM with a break for lunch and a mid-morning/afternoon as well.  Lunch will be provided daily, as well as dinner on Thursday.

If you are not able to bring your own drone, you will need to rent or purchase a unit.  If you are attending with an associate, you may share a drone between 2 people as we employ the Pilot/Visual Observer method when flying.  The DJI Mavic Pro or the DJI Phantom 4 (HD, Pro) are recommended.  If you need to rent a drone, please contact as soon as possible.

Complete details, itinerary, agenda, packing lists, locations, etc will be provided upon registration.  For any specific questions please reach out to