As more departments deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programs, Drones continue to prove their value. They provide incredible situational awareness o emergency services teams. Police officers, fire fighters, and SWAT teams across the country use drones for search and rescue with FLIR, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, criminal pursuit, forest fire tracking, and damage assessment. Drones are not just toys or flying cameras. Drones save lives.
Expert Flight Instructors who hold an FAA Pilot’s Licenses teach DARTdrones Courses. Our Flight Instructors are leaders in the industry and include CFII Rated Certified Flight Instructors, Army Helicopter Pilots, SWAT Team Leaders, Firefighters, and Commercial Airline Pilots. We hand pick our Flight Instructors from leading experts in the industry who can provide a professional, engaging, and customized experience for our clients.
We Offer Comprehensive Packages
DARTdrones offers private emergency services drone training courses across the United States. Our Flight Instructors come to your location to provide custom or standard training for your team. We also offer Open Enrollment Courses. They are ideal for individual police or fire fighters looking to get trained with other drone enthusiasts.
- Consultation on Implementation, Legal Considerations, and Insurance Based On Your Needs
- Customized Training at Your Facility
- Up-To-Date Information on the Changing Local, Sate, and Federal Drone Laws
- Assistance Choosing and Maintaining Proper Equipment
- Tailored SOP for Your Department’s Drone Deployment
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Meet Some of Our Expert Flight Instructors
Chris Grazioso Massachusetts
Chris knows drones can save lives. The Abington, Massachusetts native has used them as a member of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team. With a drone he can get real time damage assessments and infrastructure inspections, GIS, mapping and pictometry; or provide command staffs on the ground with an eye in the sky. Chris has spent 28 years in Emergency Management Systems and earned his pilot’s license in 2010. He’s also made two 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.
Years as a pilot: 6
Pilot rating: Private Pilot- Single engine, Land; Remote Pilot
Expertise: SAR/public safety operations/infrastructure inspection
What was the first drone you flew? Phantom 2
What is the most interesting way a drone can be used? There are so many and we haven’t even scratched the surface so far. If I were to pick one now, I would say providing immediate, real time aerial surveillance at an emergency scene and delivery of supplies, etc., to disaster area.
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.
Roger Hall Florida
After spending 25 years as a firefighter who was a member of Hazmat and dive rescue teams, Roger became interested in drone aviation. He is a licensed sport pilot and Certified Level 1 Thermographer who enjoys flying weight shift control aircraft. Roger trains public service departments and helping them implement drones into their organizations as well as using drones to film live events.
Years as a pilot: 8½ years as a pilot, 2½ years flying drones
Pilot rating: Sport Pilot – Weight Shift Control, Remote Pilot certificate with sUAS rating
Expertise: I am a certified level 1 thermographer.
What was the first drone you flew? The first drone I flew was a Hubsan X4; a toy drone that I bought online.
What is the most interesting way a drone can be used? I seriously can’t think of one use that doesn’t fascinate me. Think about it like this, we get to take a unmanned aircraft, weighing up to 54 pounds, add a sensor, and use it in ways never thought of before. Drone pilots are the modern day pioneers, our exploration is in the form of discovery. We seek to find and discover new applications and commercial uses for drones.
Drone fishing, yeah, drone fishing it’s a thing now. Someone very recently thought of a new way to use a drone and now a entirely new industry exists. The drone business is in it’s infancy, there are still plenty of “never been done before” ideas for us to discover, create your’s today…that’s the most interesting way a drone can be used!
"I gained insight as to the safety procedures necessary to conduct and offer services to the public within the changing legal landscape. "
"Words cannot express the wealth of knowledge taught by your experienced Flight Instructor Brian. His method of instructing put me in a comfort zone that makes me feel that I am ready for whatever UAV requirements are necessary to fly."
"Excellent instructor. Up to date knowledge on rules and regulations. In depth review of the DJI Drones."
"Chris Bailey was able to present the course in such a way that all experience levels were able to enjoy and learn the material. My UAS had a malfunction which turned out to be a RC failure. Chris gave much of his own time to assist me in determining the problem. What a GREAT instructor!"
"The instructor was very knowledgeable on the aviation laws, personable and most of all, professional! I am looking to participate with other classes offered by DARTdrones."
Where will the training be?
You have two options. You can enroll in a pre-scheduled open enrollment class in any of the cities we are currently in at a facility we provide, or our flight instructor can travel to your facility and conduct a private lesson with a small group of people from your team. Please call us at 800-264-3907 for a free consultation.
We have people working different shifts. How will you accommodate training?
For a customized, on-site training, we can work with your schedule to provide full day or multiple day training.
What documents do I need to fly as a first responder?
The rules and regulations from the FAA are constantly changing, so please call us for a free consultation. We would be more than happy to get you started with what you need, and offer you a full consultation about the requirements for flying at the time of your call.
How do I sign-up for a consultation?
You can call us for a free consultation Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm EST at 800.264.3907 Ext. 701, or email us at [email protected] and we will be back in touch as soon as possible.
Who will my instructor be?
We try to provide our customers with a Flight Instructor who has real experience in the field, whether it be Police, Fire, or other Emergency Services. However, the most cost effective option would be for us to deploy the Flight Instructor closest to you. We will do our best to accommodate you based on your needs.