Vortex UAS has established itself as a leader in Professional UAS Pilot Training and UAS Services. Under the guidance of Professional Pilots, with decades of experience in both manned and unmanned aviation, Vortex UAS Pilot Certification has set the highest level standard for Pilots in the UAS industry.
Vortex Pilot Certification is the culmination of the Vortex Professional Pilot course. Vortex Professional students complete a rigorous course of study that includes Intro, Advanced and Pro ground schools, Intro and Advanced flight training, a knowledge test, a flight test and a mentoring program. The mentoring program requires that the Pro student demonstrates competence in a number of real-world operational situations.
A Vortex Certified Pilot will have shown that they are knowledgeable and skilled in the use of sUAS, and knows what must be done to perform operations both safely and legally.
Please note: Although the Harper course names and schedule may vary slightly, the course content is the same.
(4 Hours Ground School / 4 Hours Flight School)
The Vortex UAS Intro Course is a beginner class designed for anyone interested in the fundamentals of piloting a drone. We discuss current career opportunities in the industry and insight into industry trends. The course gives an overview of the components and mechanics of the quad-copter as well as its normal flying characteristics.
This ground school is designed to prepare the student pilot for the Intro hands-on flight training which is offered as the second half of the live, in-person training. This is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Course.
(8 Hours Ground School / 8 Hours Flight School)
The Vortex UAS Advanced Pilot Training Course is an in-depth class designed for pilots serious about entering the UAS industry. We delve deeply into the components and mechanics of the quad-copter, batteries, controllers, and autopilots. The class explores the use the DJI Phantom and breaks down each component of the DJI Go App. We discuss the advanced flight maneuvers that will be flown in Advanced Flight Training and required to pass the flight portion of the Vortex Certification process. This ground school is designed to prepare the student pilot for the Advanced hands-on flight training which is offered as the second half of the live, in-person training. This is a pre-requisite for the Professional Course.
(2 Days Ground School)
Previously “Professional Course”
Those interested in entering the field of Unmanned Aviation as a professional pilot are encouraged to complete their training with the Vortex UAS Professional course. This course explores the application of sUAS in the four primary use areas of Precision Agriculture, Construction, Aerial Inspection, Aerial Photography and Videography. Vortex UAS Pilot Certification is offered to those student pilots who have completed the Professional Pilot course and have passed both the Knowledge test and the Practical (flight skill) test. Once passing these tests, student pilots will work closely with an instructor pilot who will mentor them in real-world situations and actual operations. Once the student pilot has proven his knowledge and proficiency in the real-world environment, the student will be awarded the distinction of being a Vortex Certified Pilot.
Package Registration includes Intro, Advanced and Pro courses, online videos and all testing and mentoring.
Vortex UAS Pilot Certification has set the highest level standard for Pilots in the UAS industry. A Vortex Certified Pilot will have shown that he is knowledgeable and skilled in the use of sUAS, and knows what must be done to perform operations both safely and legally. Vortex Certification is not an FAA Certification because no FAA Certification yet exists. When the FAA does finalize the sUAS rules and creates the sUAS license, Vortex UAS will train to exceed that standard and provide the opportunity for Vortex Certified Pilots to earn their sUAS license through the required training at no additional charge. There is no financial penalty for pilots who get a head start by commencing their training now.
In response to incredible demand, Vortex UAS now offers on-line training for all 3 courses for those who cannot attend the live, in-person training. These training videos are the recordings of our live sessions. The content of each class is invaluable, providing the knowledge base for a safe and well educated UAS pilot. However, there is no substitute for practical hands-on flight training. We strongly encourage you to attain professional flight instruction either through Vortex Flight Training or another Professional UAS pilot training program. The skills learned are essential to perform as a professional UAV Pilot in the commercial UAS industry.