LIVE WEBINAR – Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop APRIL

Regular Price:  $245
SMG Subscriber Price:  $195  

Use PROMO CODE SMGVIP2021 when registering

REGISTER HERE

This two-day training course will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be introduced to the ASA prep-test manual (details below on where to find this training tool) and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this course we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  It is highly recommended that attendees purchase the ASA Test Prep Remote Pilot 2021 book as this will be used as an aid for the course.

This physical manual includes multiple choice questions that are available for the 107 Certification test and it will include a hard copy of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot.  This is the actual booklet that you will use when you write the remote test.  We will be using this supplement during the course and it is available for download from the FAA as well, but we do recommend purchasing the kit as it’s incredibly helpful for studying for the test.

Download the document here (for free):    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

Some of our favorite vendors to purchase the full kit (both booklets):

Pilots HQ:  $12.95

My Pilot Store: $16.50

Amazon:  $19.95

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 107 Training Workshop

By | April 20th, 2021|0 Comments

LIVE WEBINAR – Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop MARCH

Regular Price:  $245
SMG Subscriber Price:  $195  

Use PROMO CODE SMGVIP2021 when registering

REGISTER HERE

This two-day training course will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be introduced to the ASA prep-test manual (details below on where to find this training tool) and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this course we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  It is highly recommended that attendees purchase the ASA Test Prep Remote Pilot 2021 book as this will be used as an aid for the course.

This physical manual includes multiple choice questions that are available for the 107 Certification test and it will include a hard copy of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot.  This is the actual booklet that you will use when you write the remote test.  We will be using this supplement during the course and it is available for download from the FAA as well, but we do recommend purchasing the kit as it’s incredibly helpful for studying for the test.

Download the document here (for free):    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

Some of our favorite vendors to purchase the full kit (both booklets):

Pilots HQ:  $12.95

My Pilot Store: $16.50

Amazon:  $19.95

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 107 Training Workshop

By | March 9th, 2021|0 Comments

Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop – LIVE WEBINAR

Regular Price:  $245
SMG Subscriber Price:  $195  

Use PROMO CODE SMGVIP2021 when registering

REGISTER HERE

This two-day intensive 107 training workshop will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be introduced to the ASA prep-test manual (details below on where to find this training tool) and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this two-day intensive 107 training workshop we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  It is highly recommended that attendees purchase the ASA Test Prep Remote Pilot 2021 book as this will be used as an aid for the course.

This physical manual includes multiple choice questions that are available for the 107 Certification test and it will include a hard copy of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot.  This is the actual booklet that you will use when you write the remote test and we will be using this supplement during the course.  This handbook is available for download (as a PDF) from the FAA as well, but we do recommend purchasing the kit as it’s incredibly helpful for studying for the test.

Download the document here (for free):    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

Some of our favorite vendors to purchase the full kit (both booklets):

Pilots HQ:  $12.95

My Pilot Store: $16.50

Amazon:  $19.95

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 107 Training Workshop

By | February 17th, 2021|0 Comments

ONLINE Night UAV Flight Workshop (4 hours) – January 2021


This ONLINE Night UAV Flight Workshop is provided by Sundance Media Group and is an excellent opportunity to dive in to using drones as a tool…at NIGHT!  This is our theory only workshop focusing on the key concepts of safety and risk mitigation for night UAV flight.  Attendees who complete the online test (at the end of the session) will receive a certificate of completion from SMG. 

This online Night UAV flight workshop is designed to equip remote pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot drones at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated. This session will provide information that will allow pilots to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). You’ll also learn the foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot.

Theoretical (Classroom) Training (4 hours with breaks and testing)

The workshop will begin with a comprehensive theory session classroom style, then we head out to the night flight location for some practical experience. Topics to be covered during the classroom portion: 

  • FAA rules of night UAV flight  (What is a 107.29 waiver?  What is NEW Night UAV Flight requirements?)
  • Different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night
  • Autokinesis and night landing Illusions and how to avoid them
  • Equipment setup
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Importance of acclimating your eye for night flight & avoid light contamination
  • Foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot

After a comprehensive theory session, we will have attendees write an online test.  Completion of the course requires testing for the certificate of completion.  A pass is 70% or more on the test at the end of the workshop.

     

Two registration offerings are available:

Regular Registration:  $295 for the class

OR

Registration BUNDLED with the SMG UAS Night Flight book and SMG Red Flashlight for field-ready night operations:  $330 (includes shipping to you!)

 

 

 

 

OR grab your copy of the SMG Night UAV Flight Handbook directly from Amazon.

 

 

By | January 21st, 2021|0 Comments

Influential Drones & SMG share UAS RISK Mitigation FAASTeam Webinar

FAASTeam Webinar with Influential Drones and Sundance Media Group

Join Douglas Spotted Eagle, Joanne Leming and Dave Krause of Influential Drones for our UAS Risk Mitigation FAASTeam Webinar.

Registration is required for this FREE 45 min session.

UAS RISK Mitigation FAASTeam Webinar Brief Description:

Risk mitigation is the part of the decision-making process which relies on situational awareness, problem recognition and good judgment to reduce risks associated with each flight. Join Sundance Media Group and Influential Drones in presenting this FAA Safety Team presentation.

Credit Applicability:  1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
FAASTeam Project Information:  National Project: Airspace Outreach UAS

FAASTeam Webinar REGISTRATION

Additional Event Documents: EA17103351F

For more about FAASTeam drop by the FAA website to read more about their initiative for “Safer Skies Through Education”:  https://www.faasafety.gov/

FAASTeam Industry Members are industries, organizations, businesses and associations that support the FAASTeam at a national level and who have a vested interest in aviation safety.  Our partner, Influential Drones has been named an Industry Member.

 

Thank you to Influential Drones for working with the Sundance Media Group team!

LIVE WEBINAR – Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop JANUARY

Regular Price:  $245
SMG Subscriber Price:  $195  

Use PROMO CODE SMGVIP2020 when registering

REGISTER HERE

This two-day training course will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be introduced to the ASA prep-test manual (details below on where to find this training tool) and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this course we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  It is highly recommended that attendees purchase the ASA Test Prep Remote Pilot 2020 book as this will be used as an aid for the course.  ASA - Test Prep Remote Pilot 2020 | ASA-TP-UAS-20

This physical manual includes multiple choice questions that are available for the 107 Certification test and it will include a hard copy of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot.  This is the actual booklet that you will use when you write the remote test.  We will be using this supplement during the course and it is available for download from the FAA as well, but we do recommend purchasing the kit as it’s incredibly helpful for studying for the test.

Download the document here (for free):    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

Some of our favorite vendors to purchase the full kit (both booklets):

Pilots HQ:  $12.95

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty:  $14.95

Amazon:  $19.95

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 107 Training Workshop

By | January 13th, 2021|0 Comments

CES DAY TWO – UASideKick & Autel Robotics Partnership

UASIDEKICK  & AUTEL ROBOTICS ANNOUNCE LAANC AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT  PARTNERSHIP

Media Contact:

press@autelrobotics.com

media@uasidekick.com

801-201-9212

 

AUTEL ROBOTICS and UASidekick today announce a partnership to provide direct access to LAANC services from within the Autel Robotics Enterprise Explorer application.

Autel Explorer is the mission planning and control application for Autel Robotics EVO series unmanned aircraft. Users of Autel Robotics EVO II Explorer will be able to use LAANC from within the Autel Explorer application, saving users time, cost, and providing precision for planned missions and manual flight services.

“Autel Robotics is very excited to be able to provide LAANC services from directly inside the Explorer application, as this not only enables pilots to fly more safely with FAA compliance, but also saves pilots a significant amount of time in not having to shuffle between multiple applications,” said Gary DeLuca, CEO of Autel Robotics, “additionally, the UASidekick window in the Autel Explorer will store LAANC authorizations, waivers, COA’s, pilot management, aircraft maintenance, and other benefits needed by public safety and commercial UA flight verticals.”

Autel Explorer Mission Planner will allow users to create a mission, using the geolocation data to submit precision location data to the LAANC system via the UASidekick portal, without having to open a secondary application, while storing the LAANC authorization data on the device used for mission planning. Manual flight will allow users to instantly access the FAA airspace authorization system for flights in areas served by the FAA Facility Maps.

Additionally, UASidekick offers pilot maintenance, flight logs, certificates, waivers, COA’s and other relevant documents necessary for Part 107 compliance, along with AC107-2 compliance for all maintenance records required by the FAA. The application also serves pre-filled forms required by LAANC such as aircraft serial number, registration number, pilot data, and geolocation data.

“Our agency already uses UASidekick and Autel aircraft, and this joint effort is exciting to our UA teams as it allows us to be mission-ready more rapidly, confidently, and with compliance,” says Sgt Randle Ballenger of Greer City Police Department. “We chose UASidekick for its features and speed, and chose Autel EVO II’s for their rapid deployment, lack of flight restriction/denial of flight services, and data security.”

“This partnership is not only a first in the UAS industry, enabling users to quickly and easily access LAANC airspace authorizations directly from within the controlling application, but also provides a one-stop-shop for pilots to manage flight logs, pilot records, maintenance, and more.  This coupled with interactive airspace information and true micro-weather provides a comprehensive picture of the flight environment that improves safety and maximizes productivity.  Nobody likes to flip-flop between multiple apps while they are flying – this partnership solves that problem,” says Nathan Ruff, CEO of UASidekick. “Autel Robotics is a trailblazer in the UAS industry, and we’re pleased to be part of a solution that is making it easier for pilots to just go fly.”

Autel Robotics offers Made in USA (with foreign and domestic components and labor) and UASidekick expands the Made in USA direction, as UASidekick is entirely owned, operated, programmed, and developed in the United States.

“Autel Robotics is diligently working to expand, enhance, and support the Autel Made In USA initiative,” said Gary DeLuca, “Partnering with UASidekick allows us to continue to provide greater depth to our Made in USA goals. This revolutionary announcement of LAANC and pilot management from within a control application marks a historic moment for the Unmanned Aircraft industry.”

Autel Robotics and UASidekick customers will see the first of multiple phases to the partnership roll out early first-quarter of 2021.

About Autel
Opening its doors in 2004, Autel Tech expanded into unmanned aircraft in 2015. With their patented folding design, Autel Robotics revolutionized the packable drone industry. The company has offices, engineering and manufacturing teams in Germany, Shenzhen, USA (Washington and NY), and produces the EVO II Dual aircraft at the Bothell, WA location.  Learn more about AutelRobotics at AutelRobotics.com, and our social media @autelenterprise.

About UASidekick

UASidekick is a software as a service company to the aviation industry. UASidekick’s File and FlyTM platform provides intuitive & interactive airspace awareness, FAA LAANC flight authorizations, and safety tools for unmanned aircraft pilots.  In addition to these core service offerings, UASidekick functionality includes micro-weather, real-time & mobile NOTAM filing, fleet & pilot management, compliance tracking, and logbook capabilities. UASidekick is headquartered in Greenville, SC with all software development work performed exclusively within the USA (www.uasidekick.com).

 

CES 2021 – Autel Announces Next Generation Dragonfish

AUTEL ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION DRAGONFISH

AUTEL ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION VERTICAL TAKEOFF/LANDING (VTOL) AIRCRAFT WITH MULTIPLE PAYLOADS, 2 HOUR FLIGHT TIME, AND FULLY AUTOMATED INTELLIGENT FLIGHT

Bothell, WA.–(PRNews)–Jan 11, 2021– Autel Robotics today announced that Autel, a world leader in commercial/enterprise unmanned aircraft (drone) and aerial imaging, will release the new Dragonfish flight platform in second quarter, 2021. The fixed-wing aircraft offers a 120 minute flight time, take off/landing in space-restricted areas, rapid deployment/assembly time of under three minutes, and a range of up to 30KM. 

Adaptive tracking allows the aircraft to track vehicles, persons, or other moving objects from a range of 2000 meters, and allows the aircraft to self-manage terrain, points of interest, and automated flight management.

Payloads include a FLIR® Boson Radiometric camera at 640×512/30Hz resolution/refresh rate, 1” sensor photographic cameras, and other payloads for specific vertical requirements. The system is expandable to fit into virtually any workflow, although the Dragonfish was specifically designed for overwatch and other public safety uses. 

“We see the Dragonfish as a next-level aircraft designed for public safety, government, and military applications, with a long flight time, small carry package, multiple purpose-built payloads, and intelligent flight capability,” said Gary DeLuca of Autel Robotics USA, “we anticipate broad acceptance in the security and protection industries.”

The Dragonfish’s unique tilt rotor design simplifies operation and maximizes performance and efficiency. With no complicated moving parts, the dragonfish is modular, waterproof, smart and reliable. The Dragonfish is mission ready right out of the box and includes powerful Al tracking capabilities and a multitude of modular payload options. An endurance of 120 mins (including payload) further augments the Dragonfish’s robust mission capabilities and pushes it significantly ahead against other VTOL competition. Additionally, the Dragonfish is equipped with two RTK modules for redundancy. Integrating the GNSS Base Station with the RTK modules, the Dragonfish may achieve centimeter accuracy with precise headings and strong anti-magnetic interference capabilities. These modules back up one another and greatly improves the quality of image metadata for photogrammetry while increasing flight precision and safety.

Ground Control Station

The high resolution (2048×1536), 9.7 inches, ultra-bright (1000 nits) TFT-LCD touchscreen ensures maximum visibility and practicality in all situations. Autel Ground Control Station is water, dust, and water resistant. Autel Robotics new antenna design allows the video transmission to reach up to 18.6 miles (30km) The Autel Robotics ground station controller has a battery life of up to 6 hours and can be operated indefinitely with a remote power source.

Autel is currently developing pricing tiers for various verticals for which the Dragonfish is appropriate. 

The Autel Robotics Dragonfish will be shown during the virtual Consumer Electronics Show 2021 in  January 11 – 14.  The Autel Robotics Dragonfish is currently available in AsiaPac, and will be soon available in the Americas.

For more information on all the new features and capabilities of the Autel Dragonfish, please visit https://auteldrones.com/pages/dragonfish

About Autel
Opening its doors in 2004, Autel Tech expanded into unmanned aircraft in 2015. With their patented folding design, Autel Robotics revolutionized the packable drone industry. The company has offices, engineering and manufacturing teams in Germany, Shenzhen, USA (Washington and NY), and produces the EVO II Dual aircraft at the Bothell, WA location.  Learn more about AutelRobotics at AutelRobotics.com, and our social media @autelenterprise. 

InterDrone 2020 Night Flight Workshop (INCLUDED with your InterDrone Registration!)


This VIRTUAL / ONLINE training is provided by Sundance Media Group at InterDrone 2020.  It is an excellent opportunity to dive in to using drones as a tool…at NIGHT!  While we are not able to offer the entire program, we are sharing the full Theory portion of the class and attendees who complete the online test will receive a certificate of completion. 

This online Night UAV flight training course is designed to equip remote pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot drones at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated. This session will provide information that will allow pilots to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). You’ll also learn the foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot.

Theoretical (Classroom) Training (2.5 – 3 hours)

The workshop will begin with a comprehensive theory session classroom style, then we head out to the night flight location for some practical experience. Topics to be covered during the classroom portion: 

  • FAA rules of night UAV flight  (What is a 107.29 waiver?)
  • Different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night
  • Autokinesis and night landing Illusions and how to avoid them
  • Equipment setup
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Importance of acclimating your eye for night flight & avoid light contamination
  • Foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot

After a comprehensive theory session, we will have attendees write an online test.  Completion of the course requires testing for the certificate of completion.  A pass is 70% or more.

     

FOR MORE NIGHT FLIGHT READING be sure to grab a copy of our Night UAV Flight Handbook available on Amazon or directly from Sundance Media Group.

 

By | December 16th, 2020|0 Comments

LIVE WEBINAR – Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop DECEMBER

Regular Price:  $245
SMG Subscriber Price:  $195  

Use PROMO CODE SMGVIP2020 when registering

REGISTER HERE

This two-day training course will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be introduced to the ASA prep-test manual (details below on where to find this training tool) and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this course we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  It is highly recommended that attendees purchase the ASA Test Prep Remote Pilot 2020 book as this will be used as an aid for the course.  ASA - Test Prep Remote Pilot 2020 | ASA-TP-UAS-20

This physical manual includes multiple choice questions that are available for the 107 Certification test and it will include a hard copy of the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot.  This is the actual booklet that you will use when you write the remote test.  We will be using this supplement during the course and it is available for download from the FAA as well, but we do recommend purchasing the kit as it’s incredibly helpful for studying for the test.

Download the document here (for free):    https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf

Some of our favorite vendors to purchase the full kit (both booklets):

Pilot Gear Online:  $12.95

Pilots HQ:  $12.95

Amazon:  $16.95

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 107 Training Workshop

By | December 3rd, 2020|0 Comments