Drone Night Operations Training Course

Night Illusions & Their Remedies, Physiological Conditions Which May Degrade Night Vision, Night Time Scanning Techniques, & More!

What's included?

8 Videos
8 Quizzes
1 Survey
8 Texts

Do you want to fly under a Part 107 night waiver but you don't know what to study?

Do you have little time to put in developing training material because you are focusing on running your operations? 

Are you afraid that you are going to get in trouble if the FAA audits your night training material?

If you want to fly confidently at night, you are in the right place. Why? The instructor is an FAA certificated flight instructor, aviation attorney, professor and we have a $1 million insurance policy for any negligent instruction.

Recreational, Commercial, and Public Drone Flyers Can Benefit From This Course.

Really anyone who flies drones at dawn, dusk, or night can benefit from this course. Let's dive into the benefits to each of the groups.

1. Commercial and Governmental Flyers Flying During Civil Twilight

If you are a non-recreational flyer (commercial or government) flying under Part 107, you have the ability to fly during civil twilight without this training but it is helpful in understanding aircraft lights and physiological conditions affecting your night vision.

Additionally, if you are planning on going for a night waiver or you have one pending, you can get this training already out of the way so you can start flying as soon as your night waiver gets approved.

2. Commercial and Governmental Flyers Operating Under a Part 107 Night Waiver

If you are flying under a Part 107 night waiver, the waivers being granted say:

"Prior to conducting operations that are the subject of this Waiver, the remote PIC and VO must be trained, as described in the Waiver application, to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision."

You can develop your own curriculum (which takes time and you are left with that pesky thought "Did I get everything?") or simply go through this course!  

This course is designed to train students to "recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision" as well as other important things such as aircraft lights and proper scanning techniques.

Once you have completed the course, you print out the certificate of completion and retain it as documentation in case the FAA asks to inspect the documentation of night training. 

3. Recreational Flying During Civil Twilight or Night

While the law may be different for recreational flyers compared to the non-recreational, the hazards are the same for night operations.

This course will help you understand manned aircraft lighting to determine its direction of flight, visual illusions that are caused by flying in low light, and physiological conditions which may degrade your night vision.

Do I have to have a night waiver or have applied for one to take this training?

No,  but this training is beneficial for those flying during civil twilight under Part 107 or those flying recreationally at night. Take this training and if you ever feel like getting a night waiver in the future, you already have this training completed and documented! :)

If you are applying for a waiver or already have one, you should also check out the Part 107 Drone Regulations course. Why? Some of the FAA waivers require the responsible person to make sure the remote pilot in command, visual observer, or manipulator of the controls is familiar with the Part 107 regulations not waived. This course would be helpful in making sure they are competent.

Is this course going to teach me how to apply for a night waiver from the FAA?

No, this course does not teach you how to apply for a night waiver. 

So why should we pick your course over the others on the market?

None of the other ones on the market are taught by a current FAA certified flight instructor who is also a practicing drone attorney.

Jonathan has instructed students on flying at night from his years of experience as an FAA certificated flight instructor.

How can this course save me time?

This course is designed to be time efficient without sacrificing knowledge. You access the course and watch the full course video or listen to it while doing something. Additionally, the videos can be viewed sped up which dramatically cuts down on studying as well as review time. This allows you to watch a video twice at 2x speed in the same period of time as someone watching at 1x which can allow for greater knowledge retention.

 

Can I view any of your videos for free?

If you sign up, I offer you access to the first 3 videos.


How does your course compare to Gold Seal's night course?

Physiological Conditions Which Degrade Night Vision/Night Scanning

 

Rupprecht Drones

Gold Seal

Rod & Cones and Off center viewing.
Yes
Yes
Alcohol
Yes
No
Smoking
Yes
No
Vitamin Deficiency
Yes
No
Carbon Monoxide
Yes
No
Altitude Hypoxia
Yes
No
2 Types of Night Myopia
Yes
No
Presbyopia and Cataracs
Yes
No
Day and Night blind spots
Yes
No for day and sort of for night.
Ways to protect night vision
Yes
Not really.

 

Night Illusions and Their Remedies

 

Rupprecht Drones

Gold Seal

Autokinesis
Yes
Yes, but didn’t cover remedy.
False Depth Perception
Yes
Yes
Flicker Vertigo
Yes
Yes, but didn’t cover remedy.
Reversible Perspective
Yes
Wrong. They mixed up this illusion with the relative motion illusion.
Size & Distance Illusion
Yes
Yes
False Horizons
Yes
No
Fascination (Fixation)
Yes
No
Confusion with Ground Lights
Yes
No
Relative Motion Illusion
Yes
No, see reversible perspective illusion note.
Structural Illusion
Yes
No
Altered Planes of Reference
Yes
No
Parallax Error (This is one I brought up which is really just pointing out that your judging distance totally stinks at night and especially when you are some distance from the other person).
Yes
No.

 

Night Time Scanning Techniques

 

Rupprecht Drones

Gold Seal

Night and Day Blind Spots
Yes
Just the night blind spot. The day blind spot was not talked about.
Off Center Viewing
Yes
No
Scanning Pattern
Yes
No

Aircraft Lights

Position and Anti-collision lights
Yes
Yes

Instructors

Certifications
FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI &CFII), Licensed Attorney, & Professor.
I believe a CFI was involved. Keep in mind these guys work with highly experienced Master CFIs so some of them might have helped.

Ready to start learning?

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Jonathan Rupprecht
Jonathan Rupprecht
Flight Instructor

About the instructor

Forbes, Newsweek, Inc., Politico, NPR, HuffPost, The Hill, and many other sources have cited or quoted Jonathan Rupprecht who is a drone lawyer and a commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He is also an FAA certificated airplane flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. 

Jonathan is an adjunct faculty professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching an Unmanned Systems Legal and Regulatory Compliance course. 

Jonathan authored a drone book being used at multiple universities around the U.S. He also created the popular Drone Operator's Logbook. He co-authored a legal treatise on unmanned aircraft that is being published by the American Bar Association. He has worked on the Taylor v. FAA cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals which resulted in the drone registration regulations as applied to 336 model aircraft being struck down as illegal.

Course Reviews from Beta-Testers Who Took the Course for Free

Keith Nickols

Very informative course

I thought I had reviewed a lot on night flying prior to this course, but there was a lot more information to learn. The course was laid out very well, and provided a lot of great information

Rick Clark

Great Course For All UAS Pilots

I was able to take this class as a beta tester. The modules provided me with the knowledge I need to satisfy the night training under the 107.29 rule. When I started the class, I thought what else do I need to know about the seeing things at nig...

Mark Kirschner

Night Operations Training

I found that the course was informative and much more UAS oriented than previous night operation classes I had taken. The quizzes were challenging. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to get a Night Operations Waiver.

Merlin Benner

Thorough and Informative

This course was clear, thorough, and very informative. There were many practical techniques for adjusting to the challenges of night flying operations. I especially appreciated the quizzes, which reinforced the student's ability to apply the con...

Tony Brown

This is the course I was looking for!

After recently applying for my 107.29 waiver I was requested to provide more information on how I would prove night operations training for the RPIC and VO. After extensive searching i was unable to find an acceptable solution to this problem. Th...

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