Drone Training in Illinois

1,500+ PILOTS TRAINED, CUSTOMERS RATE 4.9 OUT OF 5 STARS

Erik knows his stuff. He’s exceptionally experienced and understands how to communicate his expertise in very easy-to-learn exercises. His teaching skills make the technical preflight information understandable and relevant to the work with our drone. I highly recommend take a course with Erik.

Brett F
Philip T

My training class was a great deal of fun. I learned a lot and became more confident with the flight controls and with the photographic and advanced settings. The instructor is knowledgeable, engaging and a good teacher. Erik understood exactly what I was interested in and focused on making sure I got the underlying concepts.

Ronald A

Book a Drone Training Class in Chicago, IL

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Instructor: Erik Tallackson

Erik Tallackson currently works as a Technologist doing forensic data collection using drones, 3D scanners and D-SLR’s.  He is a freelance photographer and previously worked at DJI as a flight technician in Cerritos, CA.  Erik’s portfolio of drone work includes projects for Pasadena Brookdale Golf Course, King Harbor Marina, Hermosa Beach Crosswalks and drone cinematography for the movie Adverse. He can train you on his DJI Mavic 2 Pro or on any DJI drone that you bring.

Training Location

Browse Available Dates

Here’s how it works — Use the buttons below to browse Erik’s availability and to select a date and time for your training. We’ll ask some additional questions and will then follow-up with you to confirm that your class has been booked.

If you need to pay by check, by purchase order, wish to buy drone training as a gift to someone else, or have any other questions, please send an email to training@uavcoach.com or call us at (888) 626-9052

Book a Drone Training Class in Minonk, IL

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Instructor: Jeff Keller

Jeff Keller is an FAA-licensed pilot and has worked in the aviation industry for over 25 years. As owner of Flyin’ High Enterprises, he works with many clients in central Illinois. He has over 1,500 hours of flight time on a wide variety of DJI models. Jeff also has a few hundred hours flying the fixed-wing Trimble UX5 and their multirotor ZX5. His work includes cinematography, real estate, emergency SAR, disaster relief, cell tower inspections, mapping, and fatal crash flights. He enjoys teaching and promoting safety to keep the sUAS industry moving in the right direction and can train you on his DJI Phantom 3 or on any DJI drone that you bring.

Training Location

Browse Available Dates

Here’s how it works — Use the buttons below to browse Jeff’s availability and to select a date and time for your training. We’ll ask some additional questions and will then follow-up with you to confirm that your class has been booked.

If you need to pay by check, by purchase order, wish to buy drone training as a gift to someone else, or have any other questions, please send an email to training@uavcoach.com or call us at (888) 626-9052

Frequently Asked

Questions

Can I book a group of 4 or more?

Yes — we’re happy to chat with your group about training options.  Email training@uavcoach.com or call us at (888) 626-9052

What kind of drone will I get to fly?

Our coaches train with DJI equipment — you’ll be flying either a DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom, or DJI Inspire model. If you have questions about the best professional drone models, we’re happy to help.

Can I bring my own drone?

Yes — many of our students prefer to fly with their own equipment. We’ll ask you to make sure that your firmware is up-to-date, to fully charge your transmitter, phone/tablet and to bring extra batteries. We’ll also ask that you’ve registered your drone through the FAADroneZone portal.

Do I need to be FAA Part 107 certified?

No — our instructors are certified and insured under our company policy, so you don’t have to be. If you’re interested in becoming a certified drone pilot, check out our FAA certification guide. We’d love to help you study!

What about inclement weather?

We won’t make you fly in the rain! We’ll work with you and your local flight instructor to reschedule.

Are you insured?

Yes — we hold an insurance policy that covers up to $1 million in liability during the course of your training class. If you bring your own drone to the training, while we would not insure any damage to the drone itself, our liability policy still covers you.

Is this training class right for me?

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. If you’re looking to go deep into the DJI Go 4 or DJI Fly app, explore intelligent flight modes and fail-safe settings and to really understand what to do before, during, and after your flight to not only fly safely but to comply with the regulations, then yes, we’d love to see you book time with us.

What's your cancellation policy?

Your flight training is 100% refundable if you cancel at least 3 days before your training date.

Is this a test prep class for the FAA Part 107 drone exam?

No — this is a hands-on drone flight class. If you want to get FAA-certified, check out our industry-leading Part 107 online test prep and training course.

Can I buy a class for someone as a gift?

Absolutely! Please email training@uavcoach.com or call us at (888) 626-9052

training is TAILORED TO YOUR
SKILL LEVEL AND GOALS

DURING A TYPICAL session YOU WILL:

  • Meet with an expert and friendly instructor in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field
  • Learn on a popular DJI drone model provided by the instructor
  • Have 30-45 minutes of hands-on flying time to master orientation, basic flight maneuvers and more advanced flight skills
  • Walk through the DJI Go 4 or DJI Fly app
  • Learn how to handle obstacles such as lost GPS, low battery charge or emergencies
  • Practice flying under various intelligent flight modes
  • Capture photo and video at your flight location
  • Understand best practices of being a safe drone pilot
  • Ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, and more

Does your team need hands-on drone training?

We work with companies and organizations

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An engineering team of four from Amgen needed to survey vertical structures. We set up a custom drone training with one of our Los Angeles instructors.

Southeastern Building Corporation wanted to use drones to capture aerial images of their residential and commercial construction projects. Our Nashville drone instructor trained two of their employees.

The Rutherford County GIS Department needed to survey land and infrastructure for things like development projects and flood zones. Our Nashville instructor trained three of their team members.

Fort Valley State University wanted to train 10 graduate students in their Engineering Technology Department to conduct research projects with their DJI Phantom. We built a half-day custom training with two instructors and two drones.

1,500+ PILOTS TRAINED, CUSTOMERS RATE 4.9 OUT OF 5 STARS

I had a wonderful class with Jeff Keller. He was super knowledgeable and patient with me as I got the feel for the drone for the first time. He did amazing at explaining all of the basics, as well as a bit in depth, given how I’d like to use my drone. I was well listened to with questions and concerns and as an excellent teacher should – he challenged me, but made me build confidence with my very first flight. I am totally impressed!! I am excited to build on what I have learned and would recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn how to use a drone. Thank you, again for all that you have provided me and the confidence to keep going!

Stacy W

Erik is great….friendly, warm & really did a great job of communicating the complexities of flying a drone to a very simple & easy to understand method. I’ve watched hours of YouTube videos but learned more in two hours with Erik!!

Billy A

Had a great experience in my one-on-one training class with Jeff Keller. He’s a super personable guy and obviously a very knowledgeable drone pilot. This is great training for anyone who wants to learn the basics about using a drone for independent contract work. And I highly recommend for anyone who wants to get more comfortable with their drone. Look forward to staying in touch with Jeff in the future.

Ryan A

PRICING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

1 PERSON

$ 285
  • 2 hours

GROUP OF 2

$ 470
  • 2.5 hours

GROUP OF 3

$ 585
  • 3 hours

Flying Your Drone In Illinois

Before your training class, it might be helpful to familiarize yourself with the drone laws in Illinois.

 

If you are flying a drone for fun, you are considered a ‘recreational’ pilot and should be following the Recreational Flyers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations rules. You’ll need to complete The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST), register your drone, and understand where you can and cannot fly.

 

If you are flying a drone for ‘commercial’ purposes, you’ll need to get your FAA drone pilot certificate. This takes about 15-20 hours of studying and requires you to pass a 60-question multiple-choice exam. Here’s more information about how to get your drone pilot license.

 

And for fun, here’s a list of the best places too fly your drone in Chicago. Blue skies and safe flying out there!

 

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Drone Flight Training

At a Glance

Training Sessions from 2-3 Hrs

Individual or small group sessions typically start at 2 hours and go up to 3 hours with a larger group — this lets each student get plenty of hands-on 'stick time.'

FAA-Certified Part 107 Pilots

Our instructors are professional, experienced and friendly. All are FAA-certified as Remote Pilots and many have military and commercial aviation experience.

Flight Ops & Intelligent Flight Modes

Take your knowledge to the next level with flight operations apps, pre-flight and post-flight checklists, intelligent flight modes and more.

DJI Equipment & Software

We use popular DJI models to teach you the ins and outs of both the drone hardware and the flight software — transferable knowledge if you're already flying or plan to fly a DJI system.

Multirotor Flight Proficiency

Gain confidence, learn how to handle emergencies and feel in control of the drone. Practice flying both basic and advanced maneuvers.

Regulatory Compliance & Safety

Learn the rules about where and when you’re allowed to fly and stay smart, safe and compliant.