Drone Training in Virginia
1,500+ PILOTS TRAINED, CUSTOMERS RATE 4.9 OUT OF 5 STARS
Learned all the things I wanted to. Great experience and would recommend to others starting out. Instructor was very knowledgeable and patient.
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.
Instructor: James Newton
James Newton is an FAA-certified drone pilot who owns and operates Airtello, focusing primarily on commercial property management and construction. A U.S. Air Force veteran, James has experience flying a wide variety of DJI drones, including the Mavic, Phantom, Inspire and Matrice series. He is experienced in mapping large sites using various automated mapping software and can train you on his DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro v2, Inspire 2, or on any DJI drone that you bring.
Browse Available Dates
Here’s how it works — Use the buttons below to browse James’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.
Can I book a group of 4 or more?
Yes — we’re happy to chat with your group about training options. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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?
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
1,500+ PILOTS TRAINED, CUSTOMERS RATE 4.9 OUT OF 5 STARS
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.
Ken was very kind and helpful with my 10 yr old grandson.
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.
PRICING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS
GROUP OF 2
GROUP OF 3
Flying Your Drone in Virginia
Before your training class, it might be helpful to familiarize yourself with the drone laws in Virginia.
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.
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.