This is a beginner's course for drone enthusiasts to get you safely off the ground.
- 1200+ students have taken this course
- 4.5 hours of video content
- Everything you need to know to get started with drones
- Learn where you can legally fly your drone. Take your first flight.
- Find out how to get stunning drone photos and videos.
- Discover the basic flight maneuvers and what weather to look out for.
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From our Students Here is what they are saying about the courses
Greg's attention to detail is excellent. He provides a solid foundation for anyone interested in flying drones as a hobbyist. He covers enough so that even a complete beginner can have the confidence to take their drone out for a launch. The course is not designed to go into great detail on specific aspects of drone flight, photography, or videography - but enough time is spent covering the basics so that a beginner can experiment confidently. Greg responds quickly to any/all questions that may arise as you watch the tutorials.
Concise, clear instruction and good production quality. This course delivered all of the content I needed to feel confident in proceeding to real world application, and exceeded expectations in several areas. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is a first time drone operator before your first flight to ensure that you are operating legally, safely, and with the basic knowledge needed to enjoy your drone and avoid costly mistakes. The sections on basic photography and videography were a great inclusion making it unnecessary to do a bunch of additional research on those topics. Greg covered the foundational concepts in sufficient depth that I expect to be able to spend quite some time honing my skills within the scope of the knowledge provided before I need to seek more specific instruction.
New to drones here and the regulations are really confusing, specially airspace and requesting authorizations by phone calls. This course really helped me to have an idea about the hobby and the current status of the legislation regulating it.
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This is exactly who this course is designed for!
Absolutely. This course covers all you need to know for the exam and so much more. If the FAA exam is like getting a high school diploma, this is getting you ready for a PhD!
You will probably find this course boring. It covers a lot of basic information that is important to beginners but not necessarily to more advanced pilots.
Flying your drone for the first time can be intimidating for beginners. Am I going to crash? How does the remote control work? How high and how far can I fly? Can I fly at Yosemite or the Grand Canyon? Am I allowed to fly over people? Can I get paid to fly my drone? How high can I fly? How do I take cool pictures or cool videos?
If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, this course is perfect for you. As an aviator of 15 years (Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor), University Professor, and as the author of the Best Selling course on how to become an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot (Commercial license for drones), I will take you through all the necessary steps to complete your first flight successfully. As a future aviator, starting your “career” with good habits is critical.
This course covers the following topics:
- (1) Your drone: including the different components, accessories, and best practices.
- (2) Basic Regulation (updated for the 2019 changes): I cover everything you need to know about FAA regulation for hobbyist with several short and easy-to-understand videos.
- (3) Airspace (updated for the 2019 changes): probably the most important and yet most misunderstood area in aviation. I show you how to find airspace information and how to identify the airspace in which you are about to fly, as well as how to request approval if it’s necessary.
- (4) Weather Information: knowing about the weather can be the difference between a successful flight and a crash. I teach you the basics of meteorology and how to find aviation weather information.
- (5) Your first flight: I show you how to safely complete your first flight, including how to pick a safe area, how to complete a preflight inspection, how to take off, maneuver, and land.
- (6) Basic Photography and Videography: in the last two chapters, I cover the basic principles of photography and videography, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, capture modes (A, S, M), frame rate, HDR, ND filters, and many more. This section will help you take your storytelling skills to the next level.