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MrJude1321
MrJude1321
01:59 15 Dec 21
Absolutely fantastic group to work with. Dave and his crew are great. My instructor Jason was extremely helpful. I am a beginner pilot and Jason couldn't have been more patient and willing to help. I am happy to report that I am now flying my DJI Mini 2 by myself thanks to the confidence Jason helped me acquire. Couldn't recommend Steel City any more. Complete professionals and experts.
Christian Cahoon
Christian Cahoon
22:40 06 Oct 21
Steel City Drones did a great job getting me all the information I needed to make an informed decision on the drone that was right for me. Dave did a fantastic job with communication and organization of my inquiry and Brent did awesome with the on site drone training.
Anne Scholle
Anne Scholle
16:32 13 Aug 21
I had no experience with drones, but quickly found that Steel City Drones offered more in terms of information and teaching support than other companies I looked at. Dave was extremely communicative, patiently answering all my questions and working with me throughout the purchasing process. They also ensured that we knew how to use our new drone and spent a day teaching us. They were wonderful to work with!
Jon Schade
Jon Schade
14:55 12 Aug 21
David and I began discussing the purchase of a drone for public safety in early 2020. David has extensive knowledge of drones and is very good at customizing a platform for specific functions. There was never any pressure or rush to purchase. He gives honest and critical input on the pros and cons of specific models. Once a decision on the platform was made we chose Steel City Flight Academy for flight training. The training was excellent for experienced pilots and for the beginner. We were able to train in a realistic atmosphere that developed the needed skills to safely and effectively operate our drone platform.
Steven Smith
Steven Smith
18:37 03 Aug 21
Class was very good learned a lot of good stuff!
Marco Ramírez
Marco Ramírez
17:44 19 Jun 21
Buying a drone was made easy through steel city drones. Dave did everything he said he was going to do and more. Once we’re ready to buy our next bird Steel City will be our first choice.Thanks Dave!
Lorin Adams
Lorin Adams
20:06 07 Jun 21
Steel City Drones Flight academy truly gave me the confidence I needed to proficiently fly drones. I look forward to completing my part 107 and continuing to grow the drone program within our agency. Thanks for everything!
Alex Van Dewark
Alex Van Dewark
19:57 07 Jun 21
I work for a Fire Department in California and am also on our county wide Hazmat team. Steel City Drones came out and provided a killer training for our Hazmat team to become part 107 certified and able to flying drones while on hazmat emergencies. Dave and his crew of instructors are awesome. They take pride in making their students the best and most skilled drone pilots and it showed in their training class. We had a great week long training and though we spent a fair amount of time in class, we spent a ton more time doing hands on skills and actually flying drones. My favorite part about their approach is the in depth skill development via hands on flight practice that they gave us. Lastly, they are just great guys and fun people to be around, we really had a fun class. If you are reading this, do yourself a favor whether you want recreational drone training or professional, and hire Steel City Drones for your training!!
vjo162
vjo162
19:56 07 Jun 21
I had zero experience with Drones prior to the class. after just the second day of the 6 day academy I was able to take off, fly and land under observation of the instructor with confidence. Their program and instruction is designed and delivered using incremental steps with each day building up to the next. Highly recommended program!
Doyle Peebles
Doyle Peebles
19:47 07 Jun 21
NARKOSIS
NARKOSIS
22:58 10 May 21
Just purchased a DJI Matrice 300 RTK from them for our engineering firm. AMAZING customer service. And Dave is almost super-human in how fast he responds to emails, no matter how busy he is. The price was great and the testing, updating, 9hr video training course, and flying out to give us a 3hr intro to the drone was all included. I compared prices between 3 different companies, and Steel City Drones definitely went above and beyond what the other companies offered.
Jim schuler
Jim schuler
20:35 10 May 21
Great Company to deal with super fast shipping great productDave was very knowledgeable answered all my questionsI will definitely recommend this company to all my friends and colleagues
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson
15:54 03 May 21
I purchased a Matrice 200 V2 from Dave King at Steel City Drones. The Matrice 200 was my first drone purchase. I had lots of questions prior to the purchase and Dave King was very responsive to each and every inquiry. His attention to my questions and along with his detailed responses, helped me to feel comfortable with this purchase. Everything I ordered came as described by Dave and on time.I spent several days going through the training videos provided by Steel City Drone Academy. The videos were very detailed and were easy to follow. There are a lot of steps to the first time set up and being new to drones, I was happy the videos presented clear and precise instructions.I recently flew my drone for the first time and it preformed flawlessly. I will look to Dave King and Steel City Drones for any upgrades or to the purchase other drones in the future. It is great to have a reliable and trusted resource.Well done Dave!
David Freedman
David Freedman
21:30 19 Mar 21
I purchased a Matrice 300 and P1 from Steel City. Dave was deeply consultative during the purchase process with in-depth knowledge on equipment and mission-fit. Once he received my drone, he test flew and and recorded a customized "getting started" video for me with my actual equipment. He also provided his pre-recorded video training course as a courtesy. The course was very helpful. On the setup videos, I mirrored what he was doing real time so it was almost like having in-person instruction. The battery tips were very informative as were the episodes on manual flying drills. I've been doing almost exclusively automated flights with my P4pro. When I trained for my PPL and Instrument ratings a decade back, we drilled the basics day in and day out - all hand flying. It wasn't until I got my Mooney M20J and was flying on my own that I started using autopilot. So I've had that sinking feeling that I didn't really KNOW how to fly my drone properly. David's video guides helped me tremendously.
Chris Tate
Chris Tate
21:31 12 Mar 21
Dave with Steel City Drones provided in-person training for our staff in November of 2020. The training included information on basic drone operations, safety aspects of flying sUAS, Part 107, and multiple days of flying. All staff members were able to fly multiple times and gained a solid foundation of drone operations in a public safety environment. Additionally, Dave provided access to his vast online educational library which will ensure our staff can go back any time and review the training received this week, look at new training guides that become available, and prepare for their Part 107 exam. We appreciate Dave coming down and providing this invaluable training. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Walt Schwaiger
Walt Schwaiger
13:52 27 Feb 21
Having researched a few different providers for my next drone, I chose Steel City Drones due to their knowledgeable, quick responses, and follow-up. These three components, to me, were very important considering the investment I made with my time and money.From the initial email, deciding on the product (along with accessories) to purchase, the step-by-step videos (free), to the follow-up phone calls to make sure I received said products in good condition, to my maiden voyage, they have been there every step of the way.If anyone is looking (considering) to purchase a quality drone and the premium customer service, attention to detail, and quality instruction, I would look no further than Steel City Drones.
Dan Avila
Dan Avila
05:07 26 Feb 21
I am based in Australia and fly drones around the world. I also deal with professional drone business globally. The service and attention to detail that Dave and Steel City Drones gave us was beyond our expectations. Dealing with Dave on training, instruction and product sales is extremely reassuring and I recommend them to anyone looking for the extra care and attention required to ensure the best customer experience. These guys are simply the best.
Dana Sarquiz
Dana Sarquiz
00:44 18 Feb 21
Jason Costanzo was awesome! He took the time to teach us and was so patient while doing so. He emphasized the importance of safety and when and when not to fly a drone. Although, unfortunately the the weather did not permit us to fly as much, we were still able to do some exercises that were very helpful. I appreciate all the knowledge and personal tips he provided. Can’t wait to start flying again!
Alejandro Rodriguez
Alejandro Rodriguez
00:37 18 Feb 21
I had the opportunity to take this class and it was a great experience! The curriculum is very informative and the way it was taught was great! Mr. Cstanzo was very professional and an awesome instructor!!
Ryan Risor
Ryan Risor
23:11 17 Feb 21
Great course showing study methods/test strategies! Dave and his team are great communicators and put out great content that comes from years in the industry. The practice test section is very polished and useful as well.
Steve Zark
Steve Zark
19:36 20 Jan 21
Awesome experience, first class business! I work in Public Safety, we are developing a UAV program for our City. The choice to use Steel City Drones for our purchase of a M300 was spot on. Dave is knowledgeable and his willingness to help answer any questions made the process simple. Will be purchasing all our equipment from them in the future.
Jackie H
Jackie H
15:20 31 Dec 20
We had an awesome class with Jason from Steel City Drones! Learning our new drone was enjoyable and the information was presented clearly and professionally so that we were left feeling comfortable and confident flying. Having a great resource like Steel City Drones in our area for first time drone owners is awesome! It will be our goto for anything drone in the future!
Kim Ford
Kim Ford
16:38 25 Dec 20
Loved the customized training provided by the team at Steel City Drones. I am super excited to practice everything I learned.
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
14:20 16 Dec 20
Steel City Drones is a first rate operation and quite possibly one of the easiest and most thorough companies I have ever done business with. I would gladly recommend to anyone needing drone equipment or support.Dave is quick to respond, gets you what you need, and makes sure you know how to use the equipment. His unboxing videos for our equipment were a step beyond. I cannot wait for the next chance to do business with Steel City Drones.
LouAnn Brandt
LouAnn Brandt
18:31 11 Dec 20
Expertise in every aspect of drone activity and airport rules and regulations. David King is a veritable professional. His communication skills are top notch. I would rate his company a 10 plus plus plus.
Jason Michael
Jason Michael
15:01 30 Nov 20
The Fire Marshal’s Office falls within Allegheny County Emergency Services. The need to document fire and explosion scenes, aid in aerial documentation of criminal investigations, survey disasters, and instances where aerial perspectives are safer than risking first responders are just some of the reasons behind establishing our drone unit.We began our drone program a little over five years ago when we obtained a grant and purchased the DJI Inspire One. At the time, the FAA regulations regarding drone operations was in flux, especially with public safety. At that time, we spent countless amounts of time with FAA representatives and people claiming to be experts in this field of drone operations. After about a year's time, we were no further ahead with our drone program then when we started.Dave King, of Steel City Drones, was introduced to us about four years ago. Since then, Allegheny County Emergency Services has contracted with Dave to develop our Standard Operating Procedures, as well as provide training and equipment/drone purchases. I am extremely impressed by Dave's eager and willingness to make our unit the best that it can be. Dave provided us with valuable guidance on our last purchase of a DJI M200, which suits our missions perfectly. The Standard Operating Procedures that Dave developed are extremely in-depth and encompass every aspect of the drone operation and flight procedures, with a strong emphasis on safety. We also contracted Dave for five members from our office to attend his on-line training academy. In addition to this training, Dave has met with myself and others to provide one-on-one ground school tutoring and test preparation.Dave has been there every step of the way. His attention to detail and focus on safety are commendable. I speak from experience, from attending other drone test and operation preparation courses, Dave is more focused on the student learning how to fly safely and in accordance with FAA regulations than just teaching enough to past the Part 107 exam.Obviously, I cannot say enough about our satisfaction with Dave King and Steel City Drones. I hope I provided you some highlights of why we contracted with him and why we will continue to work with Dave in the years to come. He is thorough, safe and a pleasure to work with. In my experience, he is second to none!
Dennis Fisher
Dennis Fisher
03:55 30 Nov 20
I reached out to Dave regarding training for setting up a Matrice 300 RTK. He offers a professionally recorded video that covers more detail than I imagined was possible - in a package he offers to clients that purchase their equipment from him. I already had my UAV, but was hoping he offered the training to others that already had their equipment form another source. Thankfully he did, and it was the best $299 I spent. Dave is a tremendous asset to our industry and I'll be doing business with him again!
Brian Siperko
Brian Siperko
12:23 17 Nov 20
Dave King with Steel City Drones & Flight Academy has worked with Larson Design Group, Inc. for almost a year to help our Organization train, implement, and support our sUAS program. Dave has been a trusted and valuable asset through his vast knowledge and experience in sUAS flight operations and FAA regulations. His training program is of the highest quality, when it comes to helping our selected employees gain flight experience, knowledge based tools in sUAS operation/mechanics, as well as in preparation to take the FAA Chapter 107 exam. I can personally attest, those employees, including myself who took this exam, where able to pass, confidently. I cannot stress enough the utmost character of Dave’s skill, commitment, and personal experience in the sUAS industry, when it comes to getting other organizations “off the ground” on the right foot, safely, proficiently, and confidently.
Cody Scagline
Cody Scagline
16:02 16 Nov 20
We worked with Dave to get lessons on flying a drone for commercial use. I personally have never flown a drone before meeting with Dave and he is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. After taking his flight school I was able to confidently fly our drone to accomplish everything my company was wanting. I would highly recommend his courses for anyone who has never flown before, or is looking to better their knowledge and experience.
Michael Lighthiser
Michael Lighthiser
13:22 04 Nov 20
We used the online class to familiarize our pilots with the M300 system prior to its deployment. The class received overwhelmingly positive reviews and Dace has been nothing but helpful. A+
Dan Hart
Dan Hart
23:23 02 Nov 20
Our agency has taken the part 107 course, ground school, advanced ground school, train the trainer program and purchased our equipment through Steel City Drones. They are attentive, teach you to be thorough and will answer any question you may have. I look forward to continuing to work with Dave and the Steel City Drones community.
David McDaniel
David McDaniel
20:11 01 Nov 20
I have been so happy with my decision to work with Dave in my Drone hardware and training needs. Dave is a true professional in this industry as his knowledge and expert advice have saved me a ton of money. Throughout this whole process Dave has provided me with fantastic communication and still manages to find time to check in on me to verify all is well. With this kind of support, I will never go direct to the factory again. BIG THUMBS UP!!!
Patrick Gaffney
Patrick Gaffney
09:15 31 Oct 20
Customer service has been excellent and the training coarse has been very thorough,
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez
17:56 19 Oct 20
David was amazing. He walked me through the entire process of buying a Drone. He spent his valuable time teaching me about different drone types making sure that I get the one that I needed with all the upgrades I needed. David made this purchase seamless and I am very appreciative.
Rachel J
Rachel J
13:36 19 Oct 20
I am very happy to have went through this academy. The prep materials are incredibly helpful when studying for Part 107. Jason was my training instructor. He is very knowledgeable about airspace, navigation and all things drone related. I feel confident in my ability to fly a drone because of this company. I highly recommend!
Michael McAllister
Michael McAllister
17:24 12 Oct 20
After signing up for the FAA Part 107 Exam Prep Course, I found myself pleasantly surprised at how well the information is presented. I’ve tried several classes, as well as web sites to try to understand air space, and just became frustrated. After working through Steel City Drones Airspace section of their Exam Prep Course, I finally understood air space, and can apply it to my flying requirements. I would recommend this course to anyone who is preparing to take their Part 107 Exam.
William Davis
William Davis
18:10 02 Oct 20
I wanted to thank you for the incredible training experience Steel City Drone’s provided our agency recently. Our department recognized the fact that we needed to add a UAS/Drone program to our agency, but we did not know the best way to go about getting started and ensuring it was implemented the “right way”. Thanks to Steel City Drones, we were able to identify what equipment needs our agency had, we were able to procure those items and were able to get our first 10 pilots the training they needed to become operational. You and your staff provided great hands on training along with additional classroom training on various topics to include equipment familiarization, ground school and FAA rules and regulations. Even after the culmination of our training, you and your staff have gone above and beyond to ensure questions get answered, technical support is provided and even help with our agency polices and procedures manuals. This includes the online flight academy videos and the FAA Part 107 Exam Course. Most recently, our equipment suffered a unique software/firmware issue and Steel City Drones sent us a loaner equipment to better help identify and diagnose the issue and problem we were experiencing.I greatly appreciate that you are always responsive to emails, calls and texts, which has truly been instrumental in getting our UAV/Drone program operational. For anyone considering starting a UAV/Drone program or are interested in any aspect of UAV/Drone training, I would highly recommend Steel City Drones. Your services are very professional and ensured we are set up in accordance with industry standards and federal regulations. Thank you again.Captain William DavisProfessional Standards BureauJoplin Police Department303 E 3rd StreetJoplin, MO 64801
ralph wright
ralph wright
17:34 21 Sep 20
We recently purchased 4 new drones and signed up for the 107 class with Steel city flight academy and we could not have been happier with owner and instructor Dave King he was very professional and passionate about his training and had everything set up and ready to go. He has went above and beyond all expectations and I would highly recommend his company and services to anyone!!
Kristen Cowher
Kristen Cowher
19:51 14 Sep 20
Global Security Corporation recently attended 107 training offered by Steel City Drones. Its rare when a company goes above and beyond to make sure all students have the knowledge and on hands training needed to succeed after the class is over. Dave and his team at Steel City have done just that, the class was properly staffed, information was presented in a way that was both easy to understand and helpful and there was a no one left behind attitude.Global Security CorporationSteve M.
Riad Mahmood
Riad Mahmood
22:15 24 Aug 20
Dave is very knowledgeable and very passionate about the drone technology, which was reflected in the training sessions that he conducted for our company. He got us up and running in using the new drone that we purchased in a very short period of time. I would absolutely recommend Dave for anyone looking for real results! Thank you Dave!
Apurbo Akash
Apurbo Akash
18:46 25 May 18
Attending David King’s drone flight training school was a big step in developing my drone business. David’s knowledge and professionalism in aerial photography and film making gave me the training and knowledge I needed to give me a step up on my competition. David was patient, understanding, and worked with me to gain an understanding in post aerial production as well as all aspects of photography including lens, filters, aperture settings and how to get great video shots. In two short days I was able to gain the training and knowledge that would normally take someone years to master. I learned the importance of patience, timing, and weather in order to get quality aerial content that clients are willing to pay a premium price. I highly recommend taking David’s aerial photography-film making classes and drone training services to anyone who is seriously considering building a drone business.
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