Steel City Flight Academy

Money back guarantee that you will pass the pilot license exam with flying colors.

Built by a leading drone pioneer in the industry this course was designed for busy professionals with little-to-no drone experience, in this easy to follow course.

Fun and easy to understand, yet comprehensive.

We remove all the information dedicated to airplane pilots and concentrate on what you need to pass the FAA test.

Seamless, hi-def multi-media content make lessons convenient and enjoyable across devices—any time, anywhere.

Freedom to study at your own pace, with twelve months of unlimited, on-demand access.

Why Us

1. We are your complete drone resource for all things drone related and offer a money back guarantee on all of our services.

2. Most companies offer a FAA Prep course, and you are on your own. We guide you after your certification, offer hands on flight training, help you select equipment, and offer career development services.

3. Our flight instructors are drone pioneers of the industry.

Dave King’s resume

• Owner of Steel City flight Academy & Steel City Drones
• Lead Drone Instructor for Steel City Flight Academy
• Started building and flying drones in 2009 and is one of the most experienced drone operators in the country.
• Forced to engineer his own systems when there were no ready to fly drones on the market, Dave built dozens of custom heavy lifter drones when there was no ready to fly drones available. Dave started flying Red Cinema Cameras in 2012 for film makers across the country.
• To date has recorded over 5000 logged flights.
• Has worked all over the country performing drone work for over 300 clients.
• Received his FAA 333 exemption in 2015, and Part 107 certification in August 2016.
• Has over 100 hours of flying a Cessna 1620 Skycatcher. Dave’s first solo flight was in 2015 and enjoys flying when he has time.
• Has trained a wide variety of customers ranging from recreational flyers to corporations, to police departments to news channels.
• Teaches drone classes at Community College of Allegheny County.
• Teaches drone classes at IUP University.
• On the Board of Directors for Certified Remote Pilots Association of America.
• Has performed drone work shops at dozens of Colleges and Univesities.

Whether you want to learn how to fly an entry level DJI phantom or a large industrial drone for commercial work our drone flight school can help. Our instructors have thousands of hours of flight experience and have worked with hundreds of clients across the country. We train recreational flyers how to fly responsibly. We also offer full courses for preparing students to fly drones commercially. We start out with our FAA Prep test and then teach them how to fly one on one.


IF you search every other website that offers FAA Part 107 certification you will find that not one of them concentrates on what you do after you get the certification. Did you know that 80% of students that pass their FAA test still do not understand where they are allowed to fly? With our instruction, we have lessons that concentrate on your real world life in the drone industry. We show you how you can easily determine if a job site is in restricted airspace in a way that will literally take you less than one minute of time. We also review how to do a job from start to finish. We show you what kind of questions you should ask clients, to reviewing private property laws, to preflight risk assessments, to emergency procedures you need to put in your workflow.

Training Courses

We offer a wide variety of training and consulting services to fit your needs.

FAA Part 107 Test Prep

• Discover why this course is the best on the internet
• We guide you through step by step of what to study for and how to prepare in the least amount of time.
• Our program separates the aeronautical knowledge that you do not need to study for that is more for airplane pilots which significantly reduces your study time.
• See custom made videos from our expects on each area of study that will be on the test.
• Money back guarantee – If you pass our practice test you will be pass the FAA test or we will refund your money.
• Course cost $99.99
• Online store link

Pathway to make a career in the drone industry

• This course is designed to not only give you a pathway to certification but a road map for what you need to do get a job in the industry.
• Save lots of time and money with advice from our expects. If you are new to drones and don’t know what to do to get started our experts can steer you in the right direction.
• This course consists of a phone call consultation with our leading drone expects for up to 1 hour.
• We talk about what time and expenses you need to devote to making a career in this industry including
o FAA Part 107 studying requirements
o Drone equipment investments
o Industries that are looking for drone operators
o Expected salary ranges
o Price ranges for what freelance jobs are paying
• Course cost $49.99
• Online store link

What to do after you get your Part 107 license

• So you got your FAA certification and don’t know what to do now? Our leading experts in the field can help guide to being successful in this industry.
• This course consists of up to a 2 hour consultation where our leading expects give you the following information.
o Our experts share our secrets for how you can very easily tell if a potential flying site is in restricted airspace. We teach you how to identify areas in less than 1 minute time.
o Discussing private property issues and work arounds for them.
o How to successfully apply for restricted airspace and night time flying waivers.
o Where to look for drone jobs in the industry.
• Course cost $79.99
• Online store link

Drones 101 – An introductory to drones class

• In this 90 minute course we assume you know nothing about flying or operating drones and teach you all the necessary fundamentals everyone overlooks.
• You will fly one on one with an experienced professional in a safe wide open park.
• We provide you a professional drone to fly so there is no need to purchase a drone for this class.
• We teach you the 4 fundamental controls of flying and how to properly control the drone.
• We demonstrate how to use more than 1 control movement at a time “drives” and controls the drone for complete control.
• We review the different systems on a drone and how they work together.
• We show you why drones are easy to fly but can be difficult to control.
• We review the main reasons why people crash drones and how to prevent that from happening to you.
• We have a money back guarantee that you will feel confident in your ability to fly safely going forward and have a great positive experience that you can build on.
• All flying is done in the Pittsburgh area, for an additional cost we will travel to you.
• Course cost $99.99
• Online store link

Corporate drone training – We train your staff anywhere in the US

• We offer complete drone training packages for your business and organization.
• We will travel to your facility anywhere in the United States or Canada.
• This package is usually a 2 to 3 full day schedule that incorporates multiple classes we offer such as
o Drones 101 – Intro to Drones
o Introduction to flying
o Teaching you how to fly your specific drones
o Advanced flying and how to properly do a job from start to finish.
o Documentation, risk assessment, and equipment maintenance.
o Recap of important FAA rules and regulations for every job.
• We recommend a limit of 4 people per group session.
• This course covers a lot of material and we allow our clients to video tape the training sessions.
• Course costs vary on how many days of training and the associated travel costs.
• For a custom package price contact us here

Advanced Flying & how to do a job from start to finish

• This 3 hour course is perfect for more experienced drone operators that have at least 20 hours of flying under the belt.
• In this course we pack our 5000 flights of experience and knowledge into this class. You will learn more advanced flying techniques that will help you in case you need to fly manually.
• You will learn how to develop a different way of approaching jobs from a safety stand point.
• You will learn how to recover your drone in different emergency situations or how to mitigate risk and damage.
• You will learn how to do advanced flying using a combination of flight controls at once.
• You will learn how to quickly and easily check to see if a site is in a restricted flight zone.
• You will learn the best practices on how to apply for FAA waivers and get them approved the first time.
• You will learn how to do a thorough risk assessment of a job site.
• Course cost $115
• Online store link

DJI –Spark-Mavic-Phantom-Inspire-M200 training

• This course teaches you how to operate your DJI drone inside and out.
• We teach you how to optimize your DJI drone to it’s a maximum capability. We also cover which accessories for your drone are a must to have.
• We thoroughly review all Go App settings
• We talk about proper battery usage and maintenance and the issues it brings up if they are not done.
• We review how to properly do firmware updates and when they are needed.
• We review how to recalibrate the IMU and GPS compass systems. We review when they should be reset.
• We discuss the limitations of the stock GPS system and what kind of situations you should avoid flying.
• Course cost $129.99
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Introduction to Photography & Drones

• This 4 hour course will give you the key fundamentals to take good pictures.
• We review all key elements of photography such as how to properly set exposure, reviewing different drone equipment, and when to shoot in raw and when not to.
• We spent considerable time on the following parameters
o How to properly exposure your photographs.
o How to properly frame your photographs.
o How Aperture, ISO, and shutter speed effects your pictures.
o When to use lens filters and when not to
o When to use different focal lengths and lens options
o Difference between RAW and compressed JPG’s
• You will be with an experienced drone professional and take sample pictures together.
• After the flying portion, you will go back to the editing studio and review the pictures you took and teach you basic editing techniques.
• Course cost $199.00
• Online store link

Lightroom 101 – Learn how to use lightroom effectively

• Lightroom is essential for cataloging and editing raw pictures as it’s the most used editing software among Photography professionals.
• Lightroom is a very powerful tool that lets use manage and edit pictures taken in RAW format.
• This 4 hour class introduces the RAW format and workflow to help you unlock the powerful potential of taking professional grade pictures.
• Among the things you will learn how to do includes:
o Import/export through Lightroom
o Learn to edit pictures through lightroom adjustments.
o Learn how to read and use a histogram
o Learn basic color grade techniques
o Exporting pictures out as client delieverables.
• Course cost $199.00
• Online store link

Introduction to film making & Drones

• This course is an introduction on how to capture professional video content with drones. Included in this 2 hour class is the following:
o Review of camera basics such as exposure, ISO, shutter speed.
o Discussing the differences between 4K and 1080P and 720P
o What lens filters to use and when
o What lenses to use and when.
o Why a dedicated camera operator is critical to shot making.
o How to properly coordinate with a camera operator during a shot.
o Differences between Raw, Pro Res, and H264.
o Course cost $199.00
o Online store link

Professional & Advanced film making with drones

• This course assumes you know the basics of how to capture video’s effectively but are looking to step up your game. This course covers:
o Different types of advanced drone shots.
o Benefits of shooting in raw
o The raw workflow and environment.
o Working in raw with aftereffects and Premiere.
o Color grading raw footage.
o How to optimize output files to clients.
• Course cost $115
• Online store link

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