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Are you interested in becoming a professional drone operator? Our nationally recognized programs consist of professional curriculum offered online and in-person by our expert flight instructors.

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Whether you are flying your drone recreationally, commercially, or for search and rescue, we offer classes both online and in-person to best suit your specific needs.

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UAS Ground School

Learn everything you need to know to pass the Airman Knowledge Test. Access hundreds of practice test questions, sectional chart training, and classroom time with our expert pilots. Offered both in-person and online.

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Full Day Phantom and Inspire Training

Learn to fly your DJI Phantom or Inspire with confidence in a full day training with our expert flight instructor. Rotate from indoor to outdoor with practical hands-on flight training.

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UAS Professional Operator Certification

Bundle the two days of in-person training (Phantom and Inspire Training and UAS Ground School) and also access multiple online classes to help you launch your drone business. This certification is designed to help you stand out among other professional drone pilots.

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Private Training

Customize any of our curriculum into a training that fits the needs of your organization. Offered nationally for search and rescue, government agencies, and businesses. Call today to speak with one of our specialists.

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Expert & Seasoned Flight Instructors

St. Claire "Saint" Williams Georgia

St.Claire holds an Instrument, Commercial Pilot certificate in Multi and Single engine aircraft. He served 14 years in the United States Marine Corps, with his last four years as a Communication Chief for a Marine Reconnaissance Unit. He serves now as a Special Investigator and Sniper Team leader for a Metro Atlanta Law enforcement agency. He has been a general aviation pilot since 2010 and is a part-time Commercial Pilot and currently working on obtaining his CFI rating. He is an advanced 3D RC helicopter pilot. St.Claire is originally from the U.S Virgin Islands, and now lives in Atlanta, GA with his family.

Sergio Gemoets Oregon

Sergio is a certified private pilot and has been flying since 1985. In the mid 80’s he worked at an FBO servicing both general aviation and military aircraft. He was a licensed real estate agent and licensed mortgage broker for 15 years. He returned to the aviation industry and is currently in avionics sales. He is also a seasoned photographer and videographer specializing in the sports industry. In his spare time he enjoys flying a Piper Archer and working on video projects with his Phantom 3 Pro. Sergio is a native Texan and now lives in the Portland, OR area with his family. Sergio is not a helicopter pilot but he did stay at a Holiday Inn express once.

Roger Hall Florida

Roger became interested in drone aviation soon after retiring from a 25- year career in the fire service. During his tenure as a firefighter with the Nashua, NH Fire Rescue, he served as a member of the Hazmat & dive rescue teams. He is a licensed sport pilot who enjoys flying weight shift control aircraft. Roger splits his time living in Naples, FL & Wells, ME; he enjoys training public service departments & assisting them with  the implementation of UAS into their organizations as well as using drones to film at live events.

Robert "Bob" Warfel Illinois

Bob has been flying since he was 14 years old, soloing an airplane before he could even drive a car. He is a CFII, Commercial and ATP rated pilot with type ratings in Turboprop and Jet aircraft. Bob has been flying and training pilots for the last 22 years, in the U.S., Europe and India. He has flown for commercial airlines, freight airlines and corporate flight departments. Bob was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, IL and is very excited to be the first DARTdrones instructor to serve the Chicagoland area.

Nick Davis Idaho

Nick was born and raised in the ski resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho where he grew to love the beauty of the mountains and outdoor sports.  When he is not lucky enough to be enjoying the mountains, he enjoys working and playing with anything and everything electronic.  He currently lives near Boise, Idaho and works as an IT Tech for a local school district.  He has loved everything RC since a young age and began flying RC planes and helicopters about 10 years ago while he was studying for his Commercial Helicopter Certification.  He loves the advances in technology that has made the Phantom 3 into an affordable aerial photography platform that can deliver professional results.  He is very excited to explore the limitless uses of drone technology.

Mark Garza Kansas

Mark is a 4- Year United States Navy Veteren where he served two deployments at Sea upon the USS Eisenhower and USS George Washington Aircraft Carriers. He attended College at Tarelton State University in Texas where he received his BS in Aviation Science majoring in their Professional Pilot Program with a minor in Business. He holds a Commercial Pilot’s License with an Instrument Rating. Mark is currently working in the Telecommunications Field both climbing cell sites to make repairs and upgrades to cell carriers network as well as using drones to inspect inventory equipment on the top of the towers.

 

Mark Fronrath North Carolina

Mark has had a lifelong passion for general aviation. He has held a private pilot certificate for over 35 years and has been immersed in the drone industry full time since 2014. Mark is very proficient on the DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 Advanced UAV flight systems. He is an active member of both the AOPA, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and the UAVSA, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association. A graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS in Business Administration, he has worked extensively with a number of Fortune 500 companies in sales & marketing leadership roles.

He is now the Chief Pilot for a drone company in Charlotte, NC called CharlotteUAV. CharlotteUAV is a fully licensed and insured drone service company that provides industrial-grade software and hardware solutions for aerial data collection.

Larry Cross Virginia

Larry brings a wealth of manned and unmanned aviation expertise to DARTdrones. He is a U.S. Air Force retiree having retired in 2004.  His military experience includes over 5,000 total flight hours and over 3,000 instructor hours.  He is an active FAA-certified flight instructor at a local university flight school.  He has experience in military and civilian aviation in a variety of unmanned platforms including the Predator and Reaper.  Larry’s particular fields of expertise are instruction and integration of the unmanned aviation platforms into the National Airspace System.  He currently resides in Newport News, VA and is married with one daughter.

Ryan Walker Florida

Ryan Walker was born in Plainfield, NJ and moved to South Florida when he was 9. Six days after graduating high school, he left for the Marine Corps where he served as a radio chief, a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival, and a Marine Security Guard at US embassies around the world. After serving just over 13 years in the Marine Corps and two combat tours to Iraq, Ryan decided to pursue a different career path and left the Marine Corps to start a career in aviation as a helicopter pilot. He used the G.I. Bill and became a Certified Flight Instructor/Instructor of Instruments as well as earned a degree in Aeronautical Science. Ryan has been flight instructing since 2013 and continues to build flight hours teaching in West Palm Beach, Fl. In his free time Ryan enjoys anything outdoors, and volunteers his time with a local organization teaching at risk and special needs kids how to surf.

Kevin Coughlin New York

Kevin is a Pulitzer Prize sharing photojournalist with more than 25 years of experience with numerous newspapers in the New York City area including: The New York Times, New York Post, and New York Daily News, among many others. His aerial photography is consistently published in Newsday on Long Island. In 2009, he started taking flying lessons and purchased his first airplane. He received his Private Pilot certificate in 2011 and has logged more than 725 flight hours in aerial photography, with more than 500 hours as Pilot in Command. In 2014, he started practicing on drones, particularly the DJI Phantom series, as he saw this was the future of aerial photography. Kevin is an active member of the United States Air Force Auxiliary where he holds the grade of First Lieutenant and is mission rated in airborne photography. He lives on Long Island’s South Shore with his wife, their pug, and four cats. When he’s not flying or taking photos, Kevin likes to kick back by jamming on his Les Paul guitar or attending summer concerts at the Jones Beach Theater.

Juan Jimenez North Carolina

Juan was born in Bogotá, Colombia. At the age of fourteen, he moved to North Carolina where he excelled in school. Juan majored in Flight Management at Lewis University in Illinois. He is currently a certified Commercial, Multi-Engine Instrument Rated pilot. In his free time, Juan enjoys playing soccer, cooking and racing.

Josh Haddad Massachusetts

Josh is a helicopter pilot and certified flight instructor with drone and small engine airplane experience. Josh is from Walpole, MA and is currently pursuing an aviation science degree at Bridgewater State University. He worked at T-Mobile wireless as a sales manager and corporate trainer for 11 years. As an avid outdoorsman, Josh is looking forward to drone use in the filming of downhill and freestyle biking and snow sports.

Jimmy Burkhart Colorado

Jimmy Burkhart is a CFI helicopter pilot with advanced training experience in both sea level and high altitude flying, focusing on power management, ADM (aeronautical decision making) and SBT (situational based training). Jimmy attended the University of Colorado where he focused on business marketing and also attended Utah Valley University for Aviation Science. Applied training has included multiple industries: tourism, photography/film, and commercial gas industry. He now looks forward to laying the foundation for the drone industry.

Colin Romberger Pennsylvania

A lifelong enthusiast of all things that fly, Colin started his aviation career building and flying R/C aircraft when he was eight years old. Since then, he has accumulated a vast number of hours flying virtually anything controlled by a radio transmitter!

While in college, Colin worked in the skydiving industry as an instructor and has recorded over 1500 jumps while living in both the United States and England. In terms of manned aircraft flight experience, Colin holds a Private Pilot Certificate and enjoys flying with his wife and three children whenever he can. In 2013, Colin began taking a serious interest in drones, and began flying DJI aircraft in 2014. His desire to pursue a new career within the UAS industry led him to enroll as a graduate student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and he is expected to graduate in May 2016 with his Masters Degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Chris Grazioso Massachusetts

Chris Grazioso is from Abington, Massachusetts and for the past twenty eight years, has worked in the EMS field focusing on EMS Special Operations and Emergency Management. He is also a member of a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team and started using drone technology in their operations. Currently, they can be used for real time damage assessments and infrastructure inspections; GIS, mapping, and pictrometry; or just provide an eye in the sky for command staff on the ground. As the technology evolves and drones get more powerful and fly longer, they’ll be able to deliver relief supplies and medical supplies or deliver a rescue line across swift water without endangering a rescuer’s life. The only other way  those things can be done is with an expensive helicopter or airplane.

Chris has been interested in aviation his entire life and received his pilots license in 2010. He flies with family and friends all over New England. He’s also made two literal cross country trips, flying with a friend from Boston to Florida and Boston to Alaska in a Piper Warrior. He usually flies Warriors and Cessna Skyhawks but also has his  high performance and complex endorsement and occasionally flies Piper Arrows and Cessna Skylanes.

Christina Martinez Minnesota

Christina Martinez is a commercial pilot and CFII.  After earning her private pilots license in high school, she graduated from University of North Dakota with majors in Commercial Aviation and Air Traffic Control.  While in college she was on the “Blimp Crew” which included flying a 23 foot Oscar Meyer Wiener hotdog in the hockey arena.  After a decade in the corporate finance world, Christina decided to return to the aviation industry.  She has over 1,000 hours of flight time and owns her own small drone business.  When not flying, Christina volunteers training assistance dogs and loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.

Chris Bailey Connecticut

Chris is a current Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk pilot and a former Navy SH-60F Seahawk pilot. Chris started flying Remote Control airplanes and helicopters from a young age, even helping out in the manufacturing of military drones for a company that would eventually be acquired by L3.  Chris competed on both the local and national level flying RC aircraft before joining the Navy. After the Navy, Chris went to Sikorsky Aircraft where he is responsible for training pilots and aircrew in the operation and maintenance of the worlds most advanced helicopters.  Chris is originally from the Washington DC area, but currently lives in Connecticut.

Bob Wess California

Bob is a FAA licensed Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine pilot and previously worked as a Certified Flight Instructor and corporate pilot. His interest in aviation started at a young age flying RC model planes. He now has over 30 years experience and 3,000 hours flying many types of single and multi-engine fixed-wing and helicopters including turbine jet aircraft. Bob’s passion throughout his aviation career has been in educating and helping others experience the joy of flying. Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Force Service Regiment within the Battalion Legal Department and began flying in between his regular assigned duties. He has a BA from National University and a Masters Degree from USC. He is located in Newport Beach California and handles Orange County and the Inland Empire as an instructor for DARTdrones.

Keith Phillips Georgia

Keith Phillips holds an FAA CFII certificate in helicopters and is currently pursuing fixed-wing ratings as well. He began his career in the military as a UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter Mechanic and Crew Chief.  He then moved on to piloting and later instructing in the CH-47 Chinook before moving to the Georgia Army National Guard where he serves as Pilot-In-Command and Instructor Pilot in UH-60L Blackhawks.

During 3 Operational Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan he benefited from the situational awareness added by having Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) observing the battle space during times when manned assets were not available.  He and many other military aviators and ground forces have found UAS to be an invaluable asset on the battlefield.  Many civilian businesses are finding them to be invaluable to their operations as well.

Robert Patterson Kentucky

Robert Patterson started his journey into aviation at a young age, completing his first solo in a Cessna 152 on his 16th birthday. Today, he is recognized by the FAA as an Airline Transport Pilot, Certificated Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. In his over 1,600 flight hours, Robert has had the opportunity to pilot aircraft as diverse as hot air balloons, King Air turboprops, Cessna Citation corporate jets, and even a Waco YMF open cockpit biplane. Since 2006, he has volunteered his services as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary, where he currently serves the Kentucky Wing as a check pilot.

Outside of flying, Robert works in the IT industry as a technology consultant for businesses in various industries in and around the Louisville Metro area. Robert believes that his students learn best that which he is most passionate about, and he looks forward to sharing his passion for aviation and drone technology with you in a DARTdrones course soon!

Robert Beck Indiana

Robert is an ATP rated pilot with BeechJet and Mitsubishi Diamond type ratings. He has 1500 hours turbine time and 400 hours cropdusting time in Illinois, Wyoming and Nebraska.  His flying history includes bringing one of the first hang gliders to the Midwest from California and jumping off sand dunes along lake Michigan for 10-20 second flights, and building an experimental aircraft that he has been flying and maintaining for 15+ years.  He is a published writer and photographer, and more importantly has a shelf full of little $30 radio control helicopters that no longer work, almost every edition of MS Flight Simulator ever issued, and 20 years of teaching experience in Japan and Korea, which means his ego was left behind long ago.  The student comes first.

Tod Strickland Texas

Tod Strickland grew up building and flying RC aircrafts.  Back in the 80’s and early 90’s they were mostly gas powered.  After HS he joined the Navy and was trained as a Nuclear Weapons Technician.  He is a Plank owner of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and spent most of his service on board.  After his four year term, he was honorably discharged and proceeded to graduate with honors at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Tx with a degree in Instrumentation.

He started flying drones about a year ago. He also started taking flying lessons and holds a GA private pilot license as well as high performance, complex, and tailwheel endorsements.

Tod has been the founder and CEO of Global Systems Integration Services in Houston for the past twelve years.  He has traveled world-wide for his clients to do start-up, troubleshooting, and commissioning for complex  process automation systems.

Rick Mills Illinois

Rick Mills served as Superintendent of Manatee County Schools from 2013 to 2015 and ten years in Chicago Public Schools in various leadership positions from 2001 to 2011. While serving in Chicago, Rick was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as Chair of the Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Weekend from 2009 to 2011.

Prior to that, Rick had a distinguished 25 year career in the United States Army where he served in a myriad of assignments to include: Cavalry Squadron Commander, Political-Military Officer at United States Central Command, Plans Officer at United Nations Jerusalem, Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy and Tank Company Commander, 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry. Rick retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2001 with decorations including the Legion of Merit, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.

Rick has been a private pilot since 1990. He recently became active in the drone community and is in the process of establishing DroneAscent LLC. On an interesting note, Rick also had the honor to fly in an F/A-18 while the Navy Blue Angels were participating in the 2010 Chicago Airshow.

Michael Uleski Florida

Michael has been an aviation enthusiast from a very young age. He earned his private pilot’s license before graduating high school at the age of 18. Michael continued his education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences, and a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for instrument flight, single engine, and multi-engine aircraft. He enjoyed working in the aviation industry for 7 years as a research and development project manager, designing products for aftermarket aircraft upgrades. He has extensive experience, both flying and maintaining, general and business aviation aircraft. Additionally, he has over 17 years of experience building and flying remote controlled aircraft, including fixed wing, helicopters, and multi-rotors. Currently, Michael is a patrol division Sergeant with a public safety department in the Daytona Beach area, and is cross trained as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He is very enthusiastic about the development of UAS technology and future uses for public safety. During his time off duty he enjoys kayak fishing, amateur rocketry, photography, and is also an avid FPV race drone pilot.

Eduardo Voloch Georgia

Eduardo is a certified Private Pilot, and has most of his hours on a Cessna 172. He has been flying remote control airplanes since the age of 8, and participated in several R/C competitions in the southeast. He has built and flown the first DJI’s 450 and 550 when they first came out to the market, and he has volunteered as remote control airplane and drones instructor at the local R/C flying field since 2008. Currently he flies turbine powered jets and the Phantom 4. Eduardo proudly serves in the U.S. Army National Guard as a Signal Officer, and he works for a Software Development company. He is the lead UAV Pilot for AeroRobotics, an engineering competition team at Kennesaw State University. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Software Engineering there. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Eduardo lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two kids.

Jason Miller Georgia

Jason holds an Instrument, Private Pilot certificate in Single engine Aircraft and also holds a Remote Pilots license. He has been a general aviation pilot since 2012,and In his spare time he enjoys flying his Cessna 172SP around the Southeast and working on video projects with his Phantom 3 Pro. Jason is originally from California, and now lives in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of University of Florida with a BS in Business Administration, he works for a Fortune 500 company in a Sales & Marketing leadership role. Jason is also a volunteer for the Make a Wish organization and has been delivering wishes to terminal children for over a decade.

Frank Burch Arizona

Frank began flying in 1966 and didn’t stop until his retirement from United Airlines in 2015. During his nearly 37-year career with Continental and United Airlines, Frank spent the majority of it flying to international destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Australia. Over the course of his airline career he flew Captain on eleven types of jet aircraft including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As he approached the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots, Frank became intrigued with drones and decided that being a drone pilot would be the perfect way to continue his love of flying.

In his spare time Frank is an avid photographer, a time lapse movie maker, and determined golfer. He lives in Phoenix where he remains close to his four children and five grandchildren.

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