Training made simple:
At Draganfly Innovations we've worked hard to develop a simple, cool, helicopter system that's easy to use and as you might expect, our proven training methodology follows the same innovative thinking.
We've been training for years, the training is a good investment, and because we have access to an incredible indoor facility, training can be conducted year round whether it's raining, snowing, too cold, too windy or too hot. Too hot in Saskatoon, no, it doesn't happen very often but if/when it does we're ready.
You might think that because the Draganflyer systems feature a sophisticated autopilot, the autopilot is doing all the work for you. In some respects that's very true but we firmly believe at Draganfly to be safe operating any aircraft, the pilot in command (PIC) should develop the skills required to fly. Flying the helicopter is a process of controlling the orientation and altitude of the aircraft using the controller joysticks and requires good hand-eye coordination along with excellent depth perception. Like anything, to become good takes repetitive practice with a goal of taking these learned skills and transforming them into instinctive reactions.
The actual schedule might vary from time-to-time but the bulk of your training hours are spent flying various flight drills. Our experienced staff take time to cover the theory of flight, safety in operating the equipment, and cover in detail what's involved to keep system software up-to-date. In addition to the basic training, your instructor will pass along real world flight experiences from various projects and experiences relayed to us from customers all over the world.
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What you need to know ...
Included with each systems purchase is a Lil' Draganflyer quad rotor helicopter.
The purpose of the small helicopter is to get you something quickly that you can start training on while your system is being built. The small helicopter is much better than a flight simulator because you're actually controlling something in 3D space using a similar styled controller with joy sticks. The helicopter will provide you with a fun, self-paced training system, to get a feel for flying.
The Lil' Draganflyer is a very small, agile, and incredibly tough trainer that can be flown both indoors and outside in light winds or calm weather. Before attending systems training in Canada, or having one of our instructors out to your location we suggest each pilot log at least two hours flight time to become familiar with the controls for Throttle, Pitch, Roll and Yaw.The helicopter is fun, develops your skills and we think you'll have a hard time setting it aside because it's just that much fun to fly.
In situations where it's more cost effective to have an instructor fly out to your location versus flying several people to Canada, we also offer worldwide on-site training. Multi-day on-site training is not included in the purchase of the system but we believe you'll agree it's priced at an affordable rate that in the end, saves you money to get first hand training. When we travel to conduct training we bring out a training system to minimize any risk to your equipment. It's the customer's responsibility to locate and secure an indoor training facility, and if flights are to be conducted outdoors, the customer is responsible to understand and comply with the "country specific" regulations in regards to sUAS flight.In addition to basic flight training, optional advanced training is also available to get the most out of the system for aerial photography, videography or additional specialty payloads such as FLIR camera systems and/or video networking or systems integration.
This is important because...
There are several good reasons to take the time and invest in good quality flight training. Whether you're an agency, business or individual, you're making a significant investment in both time and money to implement your sUAS system.
Our flight instructors have hundreds of flight hours on the systems, are an intregal part of the helicopter systems development team, and have many years of experience.
Whether you attend training at our factory in Canada or host training at your location, we believe you'll quickly develop the confidence and skills to comfortably pilot the Draganfly systems. And from there it's up to you, to keep flying and further develop your skills.Please also note that it varies by country, but in most cases authorities that govern your airspace will typically require certified "factory" training from the vendor to get permission to legally fly and operate the aircraft.