Learn to Safely Fly your Drone at Night.
Experienced field UAV (drone) instructors will offer this practical Night UAV flight training course to equip remote pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot an UAV 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 is a practical hands-on class where visual illusions will be experienced in the field as instructors share best practices for night flying.
The workshop will begin with a comprehensive theory session classroom style (3.5-4 hours), with testing, then we will head out to the night flight location for some practical (2.5 – 3 hours) experience. Topics to be covered during the classroom portion:
• FAA rules of night UAV flight
• 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
This workshop is designed to provide all the necessary information needed to empower pilots to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). This workshop includes a certificate of night flight training, which can be used with future FAA waiver applications.
Registration with this workshop includes:
• Night UAV Flight Handbook
• A red flashlight
• Post-Class, a certificate of completion
Please note: UAVs outfitted with required FAA lighting systems will be provided for the attendees to fly for this workshop. Please do not bring your personal UAV as we will not be able to fly it during this workshop.
Participants should have some drone flight experience prior to taking this workshop. A 107 certification is recommended.
3:00PM – 5:30PM: Theory (classroom) & Testing
5:30PM – 6:45PM: Dinner break & travel to offsite location
7:00PM – 7:30PM: Field setup & safety brief
7:30PM – 10:00PM: Practical Flights begin (location to be confirmed)
Cost: $350 (includes certification, red flashlight, and SMG Night UAV Flight Handbook)