Drone Flight Training & Part 107 Test Prep (2 Days)

Drone Flight Training and Part 107 Test Prep

Why do I need 3rd Rock Air's Drone Training School

A recent report from Price Waterhouse Coopers predicts that by the year 2020, the commercial market for drone technology will balloon to as much as $127 billion. Don't miss out on the opportunity to start your own business and capitalize on this rapidly expanding industry. Take one of our drone training school courses and be a part of this growing industry.

Course structure

So, whether you plan to start a business, own a drone or are just thinking about buying one, we want you to have a complete understanding of how a drone operates and the laws and regulations that apply to it. Our course is 2days in length and will be split between classroom time and outside flight time. Unlike other schools that make you share a drone, everyone will have their own. Our philosophy is to provide a basic drone that allows you to develop the basic skills needed in case your expensive drone has a failure requiring you to take over manually.

What's included in this course.
  • 2 Days of classroom/flight training
  • 2 volume student workbook with 325+ pages of review material
  • End of class practice test
  • Catered lunch both days
  • A Syma X5C to use and take home with you after completion of class
What you will learn in this course.
  • Business opportunities
  • How the four main quadcopter controls roll, pitch, yaw, and throttle affect a quadcopter’s movement.
  • The parts of your quadcopter and how each of them affect the drones' operation.
  • How to use a pre-flight checklist and go through it before each take off.
  • Safety precautions when operating your drone.
  • How to use the throttle to get airborne, and make any necessary adjustments using the trim buttons.
  • How to get comfortable hovering and gently landing your quadcopter.
  • How to take off to an altitude of 3 to 10 feet and land in the same position.
  • How to take off to an altitude of 3 to 10 feet and spin/yaw the UAV around 360 degrees.
  • How to get comfortable flying your quadcopter left/right and forwards/backwards.
  • How to fly your quadcopter in a square pattern.
  • How to fly your quadcopter in a circle.
  • What you need to know to pass the Part 107 Knowledge test given by the FAA to become a commercial sUAS operator.
What you will fly

We provide a Syma X5C quadcopter to each student for their flight training. We've chosen the X5C because of its reliability and the fact that it is a completely manual aircraft. Before you move to a more expensive aircraft with features such as one button takeoff, altitude hold, return home, etc. you need to learn the basic skills required to fly a drone without built in assist modes.

After you've spent some time learning the basic controls and how to fly a UAV in completely manual mode, you will move on to one of our school's DJI Phantoms's. With the the Phantom, you will be able to experience a number of different pilot assist modes, helping you fly and control the aircraft.

Day 1
  • Definitions

  • How does a drone fly

  • Parts

  • Controls

    • Roll

    • Pitch

    • Yaw

    • Throttle

    • Trim

  • Flight School Exercises
  • Maneuvering

    • Bank turn

    • Hovering

    • Figure 8

  • Flight School Exercises
  • Flight modes

    • Manual

    • Attitude

    • GPS hold

  • Flight School Exercises
  • Pre-flight checklist

  • FAA Regulations

  • Weather

    • B4UFLY App

  • Starting a business


Day 2
  • Introduction

    • Obtaining Assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

    • FAA Reference Material

  • Applicable Regulations

  • Airspace Classification, Operating Requirements, and Flight Restrictions

    • Introduction

    • Controlled Airspace

    • Uncontrolled Airspace

    • Special Use Airspace

    • Other Airspace Areas

    • Air Traffic Control and the National Airspace System

    • Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Terms & Symbols

    • Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)

  • Aviation Weather Sources

    • Introduction

    • Surface Aviation Weather Observations

    • Aviation Weather Reports

    • Aviation Forecasts

    • Convective Significant Meteorological Information (WST)

Day 2 cont'd
  • Effects of Weather on Small Unmanned Aircraft Performance

    • Introduction

    • Density Altitude

    • Performance

    • Measurement of Atmosphere Pressure

    • Effect of Obstructions on Wind

    • Low-Level Wind Shear

    • Atmospheric Stability

    • Temperature/Dew Point Relationship

    • Clouds

    • Fronts

    • Mountain Flying

    • Structural Icing

    • Thunderstorm Life Cycle

    • Ceiling

    • Visibility

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Loading

    • Introduction

    • Weight

    • Stability

    • Load Factors

    • Weight and Balance

  • Emergency Procedures

    • Introduction

    • Inflight Emergency

  • Crew Resource Management

  • Radio Communication Procedures

    • Introduction

    • Understanding Proper Radio Procedures

    • Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports without Operating Control Towers

  • Determining the Performance of Small Unmanned Aircraft

    • Introduction

    • Effect of Temperature on Density

    • Effect of Humidity (Moisture) on Density

  • Physiological Factors (Including Drugs and Alcohol) Affecting Pilot Performance

    • Introduction

    • Physiological/Medical Factors that Affect Pilot Performance

    • Vision and Flight

  • Aeronautical Decision-Making and Judgment

    • Introduction

    • History of ADM

    • Risk Management

    • Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Single-Pilot Resource Management

    • Hazard and Risk

    • Human Factors

    • The Decision-Making Process

    • Decision-Making in a Dynamic Environment

    • Situational Awareness

  • Airport Operations

    • Introduction

    • Types of Airports

    • Sources for Airport Data

    • Latitude and Longitude (Meridians and Parallels)

    • Antenna Towers

  • Maintenance and Pre-flight Inspection Procedures

  • Study References

  • Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft

  • Abbreviations and Acronyms