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Drones 101

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Drones 101

Learn how to fly your drone safely and capture captivating photos and videos. We will go over a basic pre-flight inspection, general settings for your flight controller app, basic maneuvers to use for great looking video and what to do when things go wrong.

Topics Covered

  • Pre-flight checklist
  • General app settings
  • Flight patterns for interesting video
  • Safety considerations
  • Emergency maneuvers and procedures


This class is for the drone hobbyist learning to fly their first drone. This is not a 107 prep class for professional drone pilots.

Schedule and Format

This class will take place over three hours both in the classroom and in the field flying. We will start with a 1.5 hour classroom session discussing pre-flight, app settings, flight patterns, safety considerations and emergency maneuvers. After our time in the classroom will will head out to fly. Each individual will get one on one time with the instructor going over their drone practicing takeoff and landing.

Needed Materials

This class is focused towards the operation of DJI Drones but other drone brands such as 3DR are welcome.

• Bring your drone with up-to-date firmware installed
• Bring a mobile device with up-to-date flight app installed and working

About the Instructor

Joseph Sims is a licensed UAS pilot specializing in aerial mapping, aerial videography and photography. He has been flying since the beginning of the drone boom and has experienced almost anything a pilot can expect to experience in the field. He has developed his flight skills primarily on the DJI platform.

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund except for with some special classes and events such as the Mock Wedding and excursions. See below for more information.

If you register for a class that we hold on a regular basis, and do not show up for the class, you will be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled once, if you do not show up for a class, your payment will be forfeited.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.


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