FIVE NECESSARY STEPS:
1. Register with the FAA
2. Register for the Class
3. Purchase the Drone Kit
4. Read the Know Before You Fly information
5. Attend the Class
LEARN HOW TO:
Build, Fly, and Repair your own DRONE!
Fly Safe, Fly within the Rules, Fly with Respect to Others and their Privacy
Register with the FAA
You must go to the link shown below and register for a new account. If the student is 13 years old or older, he/she may do this themselves, under their own name. If the student is younger than 13 years old, then a parent or guardian must register with the FAA. Once you properly log into your FAA account, you will be given a choice to select either Model Aircraft or Non-Model Aircraft. Choose Model Aircraft as the other selection is for commercial use of drones. You will then need to enter some personal details and acknowledge a safety guide. After you pay a $5.00 fee, you will receive an FAA registration number, which is valid for the next three years. This number is to be physically placed on all of the drones flown by the person registering and should also be carried by the person while flying any of their aircraft.
Purchase the Drone KIT
The drone to be built by each student enrolled in the class is a 500mm quadcopter with remote controller, two batteries, and a battery charger. It also includes a very sophisticated flight control computer and GPS system. This allows the aircraft to fly with incredible stability and to lock into position by its connection to GPS satellites. If the signal from the remote controller is ever lost, the drone "knows" where it took off from and will automatically return there safely. All of the chosen components for this build have been previously matched up and tested / test flown. This particular quadcopter drone has the capability to carry a camera but for the purpose of this class, will not include one. Included with the KIT are two batteries, each yielding a flight time of approximately 10-12 minutes. Additional batteries are available in the accessories section on the linked page to order the KIT. Camera mounts are also available on that page but, if purchased, will need to be installed at a different time than the class day.
The total cost for the parts, tools, and instruction is $495. To purchase the KIT, use the link to the right or at the top of this page. You will need to create an account with Skygear to get through the checkout process. The prepared KIT with tools, pre-charged batteries, and FAA registration label will be ready for the student on the day of the scheduled class.
Read Know Before You Fly Information
"KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY" is an educational campaign to help drone operators know how to fly safely and responsibly.
There are a few basic rules that everyone should follow when flying drones. These rules are highlighted in two documents and a comprehensive website detailing all the information that you need to know. The first focus should be on this flyer:
SIMPLE RULES FLYER
Beyond that flyer, if you would like to learn a little more, please review the information contained here:
KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY BROCHURE
And, if you REALLY want to learn more about the general rules regarding drones, feel free to continue to read the information contained in the Know Before You Fly website here: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/for-recreational-users/
Founder of Skygear Solutions, Inc., Daniel brings years of experience building and flying drones to the classroom. He is an FAA certificated Remote Pilot and has created aerial media for companies such as MTV, Bloomberg Technology, LEGO, and Northrop Grumman.
Joe has taught High School Physics the last 26 years and drones have become his latest area of expertise. Also an FAA certificated Remote Pilot, he operates the Physics and Flight Summer camps in Pennsylvania and creates drone related learning curricula for students through his STEMdrones group.
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