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MUAviator 09-08-2013 12:04 PM

UAV Schools
I was looking into jobs and came across UAV Universitys

and was wondering if anyone has done this and if its worth it. I believe it said the course was $3500 which isnt too bad but would it be worth investing that into flying UAV or spend that towards continuing flying getting my cfi/ii.

anyone whose actually attended one of these schools or knows about the demand for uav pilots would help alot. Thanks.

Busdrivr 09-08-2013 01:06 PM

UAV Schools
Depends. Do you want to fly airplanes or sit at a computer all day?

CRM114 09-08-2013 02:25 PM

The guy is selling a "UAV pilot certificate of completion" for $3500 as a self-proclaimed university. What a joke.

1. All the information that he offers is free on the inter-webs if you just search for it. Aside from his BDU-wearing instructors telling you how awesome you are at a local RC park, there is no value.

2. His university isn't accredited through any organization that matters.

3. The FAA hasn't issued any guidelines, regs, or "PTS" for drone jockeys. Aside form the AC that says, "under 55lbs, below 400', no commercial applications" there simply isn't anything official. So what standard is this guy training to?

Stay away, stay far away.

Blackwing 09-08-2013 03:58 PM

No, not worth it. You'll get all the training you need at any company that hires you.

JohnnyG 09-08-2013 05:27 PM

There are very few UAV jobs for civilians that military guys can't snap up in droves.

They make them easy to use for law enforcement so advanced training isn't required.

DirectTo 09-08-2013 06:20 PM

From that uh...'university' website:

As soon as payment is received, we will ship a simulator to you in the mail. The simulator consists of software and a controller that plugs into the computer USB port. After you install the software you will be able to fly 47 different small UAVs from 6 different sites.

See link, and click on "Aircraft & Flying sites":
RealFlight® Basic R/C Flight Simulator

That's some high-quality training my friends.

mattmus4357 09-09-2013 09:46 AM

You could buy a really nice R/C plane ("drone") for $3500 and teach yourself. From the looks of the video on their site, they'll teach you to fly drones using a $299 you really think you'll get much out of their program that you couldn't get by going to your local flying field? And you'd be $3200 ahead. - SpyHawk FPV Version 3

esa17 09-22-2013 11:40 AM

I've got two UAV type ratings and can promise you that $3500 is better spent on hookers and blow.

full of luv 09-22-2013 12:08 PM


I've got two UAV type ratings and can promise you that $3500 is better spent on hookers and blow.
Those are some spitzer type hookers not your Marion Barry types right?

EYBusdriver 09-22-2013 12:47 PM

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