Lessons for flying a drone?

quad copter drone by Flickr user Peter Linehan CCLindsey emails:

I'm looking to gift drone lessons to a family member for the holidays this year, and am struggling to find much in the Capital Region area. I have found a few classes at Hudson Valley Community College, but beyond that I have come up with nothing. I'm wondering if any AOA readers might know of anyone who offers lessons in the area, or even within a short distance (Hudson Valley region, Central NY). Thank you!

As Lindsey mentions, HVCC does offer drone flying classes, which can lead to a certification. They're 12 hours and 6 hours long (on multiple days) and cost roughly $1,000 and $500. So we're curious if there's something out there shorter and cheaper for hobbyists just looking to get some of the basics.

Got a suggestion for Lindsey? Please share!

The rules
While we're on topic, here are the FAA rules for flying drones. There are two sets -- one for hobbyists, and the other people using them for work.

photo: Flickr user Peter Linehan (CC BY 2.0)

Comments

Lindsey:
I've been building and flying drones for about 3 years by now. I build my own rigs for cinematic purposes or for racing which can be a lot of fun. I learned how to fly on my own, it was costly and challenging to learn on my own and I do wish back then I had someone that could help me out learn some basics and save me the pain of some basic mistakes. If you are interested on talking more about the subject feel free to reach me at
adrian@adrian-fernandez.com for more info.
Hope it helps

Adrian

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