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December 5, 2017

Steel City Drones Flight Academy is proud to announce that we are participating in the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program. This Integration program was designed to be an opportunity for local and state governments to partner with UAS operators and flight schools like us to accelerate safe UAS integration.  This program is preparing proposals to the FAA to fly more advanced UAS operations, such as beyond visual line-of-sight or over people. In other words this will be the starting process for autonomous flights which will be a huge step in the drone integration process which will lead to many jobs in the future.

The FAA UAS integration program is going to new and exciting opportunities for drone pilots and help shape careers in the drone industry which Steel City Drones Flight Academy is deeply committed to.

More information will follow soon as this program ramps up.



November 29, 2017

Steel City Drones Flight Academy went back to Pittsburgh International Airspace to film the facilities including air traffic controller tower and airport. We will be using the footage shot for online videos for our flight academy in the near future.

Steel City Drones Flight academy is leading a campaign to promote drone and aviation safety around major airports. We were given unprecedented access to get some amazing footage and filmed from the cat wallk right outside the tower where very few people have had access.

We will also be spear heading a campaign to inform drone operators the proper procedures on how to properly apply to fly in restricted airspace.


November 22, 2017

The Charleroi Police Department took delivery of their Steel City Drones Search and Rescue Drone package today which consists of a DJI drone with a Flir thermal Camera.   The Charleroi Police Department are utilizing Steel City Drones Flight Academy 4 Phase Drone Integration program.  The program consists of developing a drone policy, set of procedures, spec'in equipment, training, and evaluation of the program with final recommendations.


November 15, 2017

Steel City Drones talked to the Western PA Chief's of Police at Shannopin Country Club about drone education regarding FAA rules and regulations. Steel City Drones will be going to individual Police Departments and making sure they are up to speed on enforcing operators that are violating safety regulations.


November 1, 2017

Steel City Flight Academy along with 2 students from the flight academy toured Pittsburgh International Airport Control tower and radar room.  It was great for our students to see how air traffic controllers in action and see the bigger picture in relation to aviation.   We will be going back to the airport to get some footage that we will be using for new videos that will be exclusive to our flight students.

Oct 27, 2017

Congratulations to Steel City Drones Flight Academy student Jason Costanzo for passing the FAA part 107 on his first try. Jason got a 93%!

October 18, 2017

Day 2 in Cleveland Ohio at the Howard Hanna National convention by more than 5000 realtors. Hundreds of realtors attended the 4 Drone Work Shop held by Steel City Drones which included everything a realtor needed to know about what to look for when hiring a drone operator.

October 14, 2017

Dave King from Steel City Drones was asked to Present the Drone workshop for the AOPA at Butler County Airport. Over 50 people eager to start their careers in the Drone Industry came out to see the presentation. Dave introduced Henrik Vejlstrup from the Pittsburgh FSDO office who passed out free literature to the group.

October 17, 2017

Day 1 of the Howard Hanna National convention in Cleveland Ohio. Steel City Drones held presentation workshops for Realtors that came from 7 different states including Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and North Carolina.

Oct 10, 2017

Third class session for CCAC students for the drone class. Today the students got to get a real taste for an assortment of drones at Fairview Park in Bridgeville. The students got to a $15,000 DJI M600, a DJI Inspire 1 and a DJI Inspire 2.

Oct 4, 2017

Congratulations to Steel City Flight Academy student Tyler Zeller for passing the FAA Part 107 test on his first attempt. Tyler has also taken the Introduction to Drones flight instruction class as well as the Post 107 flight instruction class.

Oct 3rd, 2017

2nd session at Carnegie Mellon University that includes letting the students fly a DJI Inspire 1.  All students got an introduction to drones crash course and about 10 minutes of flight time.

October 3, 2017

Steel City Drones is implementing a drone program for the Allegheny County Police and Fire Marshall Department.  Training includes FAA Part 107 test prep, Introduction to Drones flight training, advanced ground school, and advanced flight training with risk assessment analysis.

September 28, 2017
Steel City Flight Academy is talking to the students at Carnegie Mellon University about careers in the Drone Industry and specifically the film making industry. This will take place over 2 separate sessions In October.

September 2, 2017
2 day training the staff at ERI Safety Videos in Columbia South Carolina

August 15, 2017
Steel City Flight Academy is teaching a class called INTRODUCTION TO SUAS Drones at CCAC Allegheny Campus. This course has 6 sessions in October.

July 2, 2017
Dave King and Steel City Flight Academy made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette


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