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Drone Training in Virginia

300+ CLASSES TAUGHT, CUSTOMERS RATE 4.9 OUT OF 5 STARS

Book a Drone Training Class in Clifton, VA

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Instructor: Eric Jones

Eric Jones served 20+ years in the U.S. Army and has worked nearly 30 years in the commercial sector in a variety of technical, consultant, and executive roles. A business development executive by day, Eric also runs Heartland Consulting, an aerial imagery services, consulting and training business. Since 2014, Eric has flown a wide variety of drone models and is familiar with flight planning, management, and maintenance software including PrecisionMapper, DroneDeploy, AirMap, and DroneLogbook. Eric holds a BA from “The” Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Tampa. He can train you on his DJI Mavic Pro or Inspire 1 or on any DJI drone that you bring.

Training Location

Browse Available Dates

Here’s how it works — Use the buttons below to browse Eric’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.

Payment Info

If you need to pay by check, by purchase order or wish to buy drone training as a gift to someone else, book here.


If you’d like more information about bundling this hands-on training class with Drone Pilot Ground School, having us help you set your drone up, or having us travel to you for an additional fee, book here.

Book a Drone Training Class in Norfolk, VA

drone training norfolk virginia jonathan lisk

Instructor: Jonathan Lisk

Jonathan Lisk is a full-time drone pilot for PrecisionHawk with prior experience instructing Marines on how to fly commercial and military grade sUAS by working for the military as a civilian contractor. He is Level I & II certified in basic unmanned aircraft systems through the Department of Defense and has experience maintaining and repairing sUAS. He has several years of experience flying both consumer and military-grade drones. He can train you on his DJI Phantom 4 or on any DJI drone that you bring.

Training Location

Browse Available Dates

Here’s how it works — Use the buttons below to browse Jonathan’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.

Payment Info

If you need to pay by check, by purchase order or wish to buy drone training as a gift to someone else, book here.


If you’d like more information about bundling this hands-on training class with Drone Pilot Ground School, having us help you set your drone up, or having us travel to you for an additional fee, book here.

Frequently Asked

Questions

How can I book a custom group training?

For groups of 4 or more, please answer a few questions over here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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.

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 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.

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 answer a few questions for us over here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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 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

enterprise drone training
group drone training

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.

Mike was polished, professional, and a highly effective educator who gave me hands-on experience with tons of tips and pearls.

Sean M trained with our Denver instructor

I had a great time! Terry was an absolutely great instructor, I now feel knowledgeable and confident operating a drone.

Kelli R trained with our Cape Coral, FL, instructor

The training was much more fun and easy than I expected. Andy is very much a gifted instructor. I have no doubts that I chose the correct school for my drone training.

Clyde A trained with our Miami instructor

Pete was extremely knowledgeable in the field of drone photography and answered all of my questions. Lots of fun and can’t wait to continue on with advancing my skills.

Elliott C trained with our Asheville, NC, instructor

The training with Brendan went splendid. While I do have some skills, this was a valuable opportunity to work with a professional.

Debbie J trained with our Chicago instructor

Tom Peden was very knowledgeable and willing to pass on that knowledge. He had numerous real world examples and was able to pass on the most current situation in the field.

Shawn E trained with our Houston instructor

Class was great. Perfect spot. Eric is very patient. Would like to continue taking classes in the future.

Steven G trained with our Springfield, VA, instructor

Erik took the time to address all my concerns and answer every one of my questions.

Max R trained with our Los Angeles instructor

PRICING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

1 PERSON

$ 285
  • 2 hours

GROUP OF 2

$ 470
  • 2.5 hours

GROUP OF 3

$ 585
  • 3 hours

GROUP OF 4+

Custom
  • 4+ hours

  Bundle with Part 107 Test Prep: Looking to become an FAA-certified drone pilot? If you book a flight training class, you also get $107 off our industry-leading Part 107 online test prep course, Drone Pilot Ground School. If you’d like to bundle your hands-on training with our online course, please answer a few questions for us over here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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 register your drone and to 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 a drone in Richmond and Virginia Beach. Blue skies and safe flying out there!

 

Drone Training Virginia

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.