Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your course different from an RC club training event?

It’s a great question. Both will train you how to fly an RC quadcopter. But in many ways, that’s the easy part. How do you get a job flying UAVs? What are the legal and regulatory issues you need to consider? What’s the job market? Who’s hiring? Consider it from the employer’s point of view. If you’re running a fortune 500 company and want to start an unmanned flight division, are you going to scour the local RC clubs to find pilots? Absolutely not! You’re going to go to a company that has an established course curriculum with a proven track record of safety and training qualified pilots. The answer is self evident. Hobbyists fly at RC flying clubs for entertainment. Professional UAS pilots fly unmanned aircraft with sensors to acquire actionable data that will be used for some decision or action.

Do you have an online training option ?

Yes. Although live, hands-on training is the best, some people are unable to make live training due to travel or scheduling considerations. Those who need online training can visit our website and choose an appropriate membership level.

Is this a Certification Program?

The FAA has now created a Remote Pilot Certification through Part 107 which will go into effect on Aug. 29th 2016. There are two paths to earn the Remote Pilot Certification, one for a Part 61 certificated (manned) pilot and another for a non-certificated pilot. Non-certificated pilots are required to take a Knowledge Exam to earn their RPC. Vortex provides a 3-day comprehensive Part 107 Knowledge Test Prep course to help Non-Certificated pilots prepare for the test.

Can I get a job after this training?

The number of Section 333 exemption holders grows everyday and they are currently seeking pilots and visual observers to fulfill their mission requirements. The knowledge and skills you attain though this training will make you more marketable in the job market. However, there is no guarantee of a job or job offer resulting from this training.

I have never flown an unmanned aircraft before. Can I still take this class?

From beginner to advanced, pilots of all skill levels will benefit from this training. A low student-to-instructor ratio ensures that each student receives personalized attention from their instructor to work with that pilot at his level.

I don’t have a pilot’s license. Can I take the training?

Yes, both pilots and non-pilots can take this training.