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- Phantom and Inspire Manufacturer Training
- FAA Rules and Regulations
- UAS Ground School
- Aerial Photography and Videography
- Implementation of UAS Into Your Organization
- Intelligent Navigations Features and Autonomous Flight
- Situation Based Best Practices and Emergency Procedures
We have trained 2935 drone operators just like you
"I had an unbelievable experience. Learned so much more. Went in expecting to just get a brief introduction, and left informed and confident in what I learned. Great hands on instruction"
"As a pilot and someone who works in video production, every drone operator needs to take this training. Both the content of the class and experience of other operators in the class will only help you keep sharp and want to explore more. If you think you know everything already, you're head"
"I gained additional knowledge of the various challenges facing UAV operations for commercial purposes. Got good insight as to the safety procedures necessary to conduct and offer services to the public within the changing legal landscape. I enjoyed meeting the others in the group and discu"
"I like to think the DARTdrone experience offers many possibilities where a strong hobby interest can transform into a more robust future. The potential seem endless."
"The FAA regulations presented were very informative and understanding them will help me make a decision on how best to establish my drone business."
"DARTdrones training was a great jumpstart to drone piloting. It gave me the confidence to know that I could fly drones competently because I did it right there, under the guidance of a professional pilot. And starting off a new venture the right way learning from professionals is a smart t"
"All three courses were very informational and the instructor, Rick Guardino, was awesome! I learned a whole lot about the drone industry and what to do to fly a drone commercially for business. Thank you so much, DARTDrones!"
Expert & Seasoned Flight Captains
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.
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