Drone Training in Utah


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Instructor: Derrick Ward

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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


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 and 50% refundable if you cancel 2 days or less prior to 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


  • 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.

Great experience with Coach Roger. He listened to my concerns, understood my level of experience and uncertainty, gave me the advice and practice drills to improve my skills, and made sure to answer all my questions. I came away feeling more confident and ready to accelerate my pilot skills.

Fred A

Roger was absolutely awesome! He’s professional, courteous, safe, came prepared with what I requested to learn, and went above and beyond to give me a fantastic training experience. He helped me with specific drone settings I was curious about, improved my flying confidence, & taught me some safety techniques. 5 out of 5 stars for Roger no doubt!

Scott P

My experience with Roger was great. This was my first time flying a drone and he was patient and very clear in his instructions. He exceeded my expectations. Although there is so much to learn I did not feel as nervous as I thought I would due to his calming demeanor.

Marjorie J

The class was super-informative. Adam was very friendly, knowledgeable, patient, eager to answer questions and was very committed to our understanding of material, topics and issues related to drone operation. Our instruction experience exceeded our expectations. As a former teacher (M.Ed.) it was clear that there was significant thought put into what was covered, in what order and how to present the material in ways that newbies to drone operation such as myself could “get” what was being discussed and tackle flying modules with confidence and enjoyment. It was WELL worth the money/investment and would strongly recommend such instruction to prospective drone pilots.

Stephanie F

Adam was awesome! Really learned a lot and had a good time. He went at just the right pace.

Lauren P

Fun when I could do the task, frustrating when I couldn’t. I learned a lot and it’s way better than just reading the manual. Adam did a really good job within the 2 hours available.

Ed N

I did have fun and learned a lot about drones. Jim is very knowledgeable and has the ability to teach and make the instructions easy to learn.

Juliana B

Fabulous training! Jim was the ultimate professional, making sure I tried multiple RC and flight skills. I left feeling confidant I could continue learning and improving with the foundations I learned.

Dawn M

We had a great time. It was my first time flying a drone and I can see why people like to fly them. Even flying without a purpose was fun. Jim was great. Explanation was good and I think we all had a good understanding of how to operate a drone when the class was finished. I enjoyed the class. The instructor was excellent! I learned a lot.

Clinton T

My instructor, John, was incredibly helpful and patient in explaining everything I needed to know step by step.

Sterling W

I had my flight training with Terry yesterday. It was outstanding. I learned so much. Terry is an excellent instructor. His knowledge and experience from being a military helicopter pilot and a current airline pilot provides him with expertise that is priceless. Terry is a very hands-on instructor and answers all questions. I feel more confident and learned so much. I highly recommend that everyone in his area take his class.

Donald K

I cannot think anything I would add to the hands on training. I loved flying!

Bethany H

Met and exceeded my expectations of working with a professional drone pilot. The training was splendid. While I do have some skills, this was a valuable opportunity to work with a professional.

Debbie J

Terry couldn’t have been any better. He was excellent. Took his time with me, showed me everything I asked for. I would recommend Terry to anyone that wanted a clear understanding of drone flying. What a great day.

Ralph C

Had a great time. Terry is a fantastic coach and instructor. Extremely smart, experienced and willing to answer any and all questions. I learned a ton and walked away with valuable insights and reference materials and websites to help me along my journey.

Pete C

Terry was great!  He is very knowledgeable and provided me with more tools than I expected to get out of the class to be a successful safe drone flyer.

Melissa P

It was just great. It could not have been better. Elliott was thoughtful, knowledgeable, personable, patient, genuinely kind, I enjoyed every minute of his class.

Claire W

Elliott was a great instructor. He walked me through all the details and explained things in great detail. You can tell he is extremely passionate in his work and made the training session informative and fun.

Tim O

His friendly and warm personality made the instruction fun. Elliott shared a lot of information with us and gave us good guidance. I would highly recommend Elliott and will keep an eye out if he will provide future instruction on things like taking pics and videos with your drone, etc. Thank you.

Kyna B
Lee F

Leo Garcia is a true professional. Not only was his instruction very informative he also made the training fun. He’s an extremely knowledgeable and personable instructor. I would highly recommend him to any friends who are interested in drone training.

Chuck C

We had an absolute blast, and Leo made everything both informative and instructional.

Scott K

We definitely had fun and we definitely learned a lot. Leo was excellent – very professional. Top, top, top notch instructor!

Joe S

I really enjoyed learning from Pete, he was extremely professional and allowed me plenty of hands on learning.

Curt L

Pete did a wonderful job training on how to use the drone. He was very personable and gave me hands on experience with two different drones. Plus he gave me valuable information on what apps were needed and insurance. Overall it was a great experience and plenty of fun.

Sherry B

Pete is a very low key individual who senses your skill level and works to improve from the starting point. Pete is very knowledgeable and encouraging. He’s offered to answer any questions and act as a resource post session. I would not hesitate to take him up on his offer if need be. I can tell developing a proficient skill level takes a great deal of air time. It was a great experience. You are fortunate to have him on your team.

Jed G

Couldn’t have asked for any better. Pete was extremely knowledgeable in the field of drone photography and answered all of my questions. And also a great guy to talk to in general! Lots of fun and can’t wait to continue on with advancing my skills.

Elliott C
Philip T

I had a great time. I’m glad Jeff recognized my skill level and adjusted to it. Jeff was a great instructor.

Timothy B

Excellent!! Very informative and professional. Most importantly, it was tons of fun!! I would gladly do it again!

Alejandro D

Seth was on time, competent, informative, and provided confidence to a first-time pilot. I was lucky to have a great coach. I will recommend and return as I look to increase my knowledge.

John P

The class was Amazing!! I had so much fun learning. Steven is a great instructor, easy to comprehend, great attitude. Just a great and fun experience all around.

Iris H

Great. We talked before the session and he asked me why I wanted the training and what I expected. Steve prepared me for everything I wanted and more. He gave me a solid foundation and helped me plan a course to continue developing. He covered areas I had not yet considered and gave me more confidence that I will succeed in a new career.

Stephen G

Steve is an excellent Coach. His education, attention, knowledge, patience, respect for the law, and organization is excellent. I highly recommend him.

Rafael G

Training with Mike was great. He taught my son and I so much. Mike made sure he tailored the training according to my future goals of doing roof inspections. I am so glad I started my drone experience with Mike. Thanks Again!

Kenneth P

It was a great time. I learned a lot. Mike took the time to explain everything.

Kevin W

I really enjoyed training. I learned a lot and it was money well spent! This has saved me so much time and I gained so much knowledge.

James N

I just wanted to pass along my experience after training with Brad Pierce today. Excellent on all counts. Brad was personable, patient, experienced, and enthusiastic. It was a great experience and paid for itself in terms of all the painful lessons I no doubt would otherwise have had to learn “the hard way” by simply stabbing about on my own. I left the session feeling like I have a plan and mission to conquer. Brad is a fine representative for your company. I have friends who seem interested in the technology and you can be sure that I will refer them to UAV Coach and Brad. Thanks, folks!

Jonathan K

Brad was great. Well thought out teaching progression, from preflight to actual flying. Knowledgeable, encouraging, patient. All good attributes in a teacher.

Greig C

It was a great experience! My instructor, Brad Pierce, provided a lot of information in a very digestible way. He shared a lot of anecdotal examples to reinforce what he was teaching. It was a very cold, blustery day, but he was able to teach me the fundamentals of flying the drone successfully. I would highly recommend him.

Henry M

It was very informative, my coach was professional, knowledgeable and made me feel completely comfortable flying for the first time.

Will F

The class was fun and informative. Martin taught me things about the drone I wouldn’t have thought about as a novice operator – he was also able to answer all of my questions. I had lots of flying time which was great!

Adia J

My instructor was great. Martin is passionate about drones and he was a super nice guy, professional and fun to talk to. I learned some solid basics on cool shots and how to get started with aerial imaging.

John H

Erik was a great instructor. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of, for example making sure the appropriate people know that I would be flying my drone. He was patient and made sure I learned how to turn my drone while flying. I can’t wait to continue practicing and honing in my skills.

Marcia M

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

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

Fantastic experience! Erik was a great teacher and instructor. Erik was incredibly thorough and extremely patient, but most of all, he was supportive and instilled confidence in me. I had purchased my drone a month or so prior to my lesson, but didn’t even want to fly it until I had a lesson. I’ve now been practicing every day, using the exercises he taught me. My confidence is way up!

Paul P

Christian is a consummate professional. He was patient, insightful, and would be highly recommended to anyone in my network that gets the drone bug.

James R

Christian was outstanding!!! Not only was he knowledgeable and experienced he was an excellent teacher. I left with a much much higher level of confidence than when I arrived.

Susan A

Mr. Tucci was awesome! He gave us a synopsis of the Drone industry and the DJ Mavic 2. He was very patient with us. Training to standard, not time!

Andre P
Joel P

I had so much fun and learned a lot! My instructor Nik was so helpful and made flying easy.

Liz R

It was awesome!!! Informative, well structured, hands-on, professional and delivered in low-key very personable way. Can’t speak highly enough of Phil!

Robert H

It was good for me to get over the initial battle of nerves and getting my drone in the air. The instructor Phil was very good at getting me started and I very much enjoyed the class! It was fun and the learning curve is pretty steep but I’m now flying whenever it’s not raining. I definitely want to move forward with the next step but need to become comfortable with flying 1st. As I am a photographer that aspect of this is very exciting. Thank you!

Dwain R

Had a great fun experience with Phil. Learned so much and he helped set up everything from scratch on my DJI drone. I would highly recommend UAV Coach Flight Training for anyone! I am now going to enroll in their FAA Part 107 licensing training. Thanks very much!

Rocco T

My instructor Andrew was fantastic – very knowledgeable, very patient and an overall great person. He took the time to help me understand the safety, FAA regulations, pre-flight checks and most importantly, provided valued instruction. I was nervous because my job just tapped me on the shoulder to learn how to fly a drone and Andrew gave me the confidence to fly by myself within 45 minutes.

Fred R
Hilary B

I enjoyed myself and was happy that Tom customized my training for the topics I wanted to learn. Tom was thorough and professional in his explanation of processes and procedures.

Corey R

Tom was a great teacher. He went through each topic in detail and enabled me to have hands-on learning, which greatly impacted my retention of the course. I’d recommend this training course to anyone starting out with drones.

Ian J

Fantastic! Great class! So glad I did it. I would have spent months getting as proficient as I did in 2 hours with the class. Instructor Tom was awesome!

Kip Z

Learned all the things I wanted to. Great experience and would recommend to others starting out. Instructor was very knowledgeable and patient.

Mohsin S

George was experienced and knowledgeable. After thoroughly explaining the interface and how to operate the controls, we spent a lot of stick time doing various exercises and gaining confidence with the controls.

Rick R
I really enjoyed the personal drone training class. It was the first time I’d actually flew a drone. I learned way more than I thought I would in such a short time. Thank you George. I’m hooked.
Neal W

Ken was very kind and helpful with my 10 yr old grandson.

Ryan D

I had a great experience with UAV Coach and my instructor, Jim, for a 1-on-1 training session. I had much of the basic knowledge for flying a drone but did not feel confident operating outside of my backyard. Jim was very patient and answered all of my constant questions during the two-hour session. Along with having my drone, he brought a selection of other drones for me to see and learn about the differences. Like any new skill, it’s all about practicing. My time with Jim has given me the confidence to move out of the backyard and continue learning how to be a safe and capable drone pilot. Thank you Jim and UAV Coach!

Michael V

Excellent teacher. Erik really sped up the learning curve and had so much valuable and useful information you didn’t even know you needed to know. Highly recommend.

Shannon S

My husband, son, and I took a private drone lesson with Terry and he was fantastic. Terry met us all at our own levels, as our son is much more technologically inclined than my husband and I. We have been flying our drone for a couple of months and right away found value in Mr. Clunk’s class-we were breaking a lot of laws! We plan to take further classes with Mr. Clunk.

Kristin H

The instruction was outstanding. Enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Well worth the money. Learned much about my specific drone as well as general information about types of images to acquire. We flew several of Robert’s drones as well which helps me pick out my next drone.

Ronald S

What an amazing experience. The knowledge Robert brought to the table, along with allowing me to fly his drones, was super exciting! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Travis T

My coach, Ken, did fantastic helping me learn the basics of drone flight. I am totally satisfied with the training session. Ken was very personable, and was able to answer all my questions. He helped me configure and fly my drone for the first time, and allowed me to fly his drone to learn other maneuvers. He is a great asset to your team.

Douglas W

I had high expectations, and Ken blew them out of the water. The session was jam-packed with information and with practical tips on how to handle the drone. It was extremely useful.

Alessandro C

The class was exactly what I needed to give me a solid start to flying.

Rita H

I learned so much! Matt answered all of my questions and then some. He was great with me (a beginner).

Emilie C

Awesome job! Training was awesome! Matt is fantastic!!

Jill C

First: The training was much more fun and easy than I expected. This was absolutely due to my instructor, Andy Allocco. Andy is a very gifted instructor. He easily took the extra time to make sure I understood the training. I have no doubts that I chose the correct school for my drone training.

Clyde A

The UAV training was very helpful and enjoyable. Andy did a great job covering a broad range of information (from the very start of the preflight inspection of the drone and our operating location all the way to the more detailed functions capable with the specific drone I utilize). It was a great opportunity to put the information I learned from the Drone Pilot Ground School course into practice, develop my skills and confidence of operating the drone, and provided the opportunity to ask several questions. Andy did an excellent job. He went above and beyond in my opinion and was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Andy to anyone thinking of taking drone training.

Shaun H

Yes, I feel this course was an excellent introduction to drones and helped give me exactly the type of hands-on 1st time I was looking for. Andy was incredibly informative and his excitement with the industry is contagious.

Christian S

My instructor was Joey Ambrose. He was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. I am so glad I scheduled this session. If you need help in working on your skills or have questions about your drone and how to make it work better for you, schedule a time with someone like Joey Ambrose if at all possible. Joey is very helpful and a real pro!

Bob M

I had never flown a drone before, so I had very little knowledge of what to do or how to do it. Joey Ambrose did a great job of explaining the app, the controls, safety, and how to get me off the ground (so to speak). I was able to fly and maneuver my UAV with ease and now feel much more comfortable with it’s operation and I’m looking forward to getting the most out of videos and pictures from my DJI Mini 2.

Dale N

The training class was a great experience! Joey instilled confidence in me and provided encouragement during my entire training! The instructor had a wealth of knowledge and experience which made the class that much more enjoyable!

Shawn A



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Flying Your Drone In Utah

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


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 to fly your drone in Salt Lake City. Blue skies and safe flying out there!


Drone Training Utah

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.