28 July 2022

DroneUp | Instructor

Petersburg, VA, United States

UAS Pilot Instructor
Petersburg, VA
Job Type Full-time


DroneUp is seeking a Drone Pilot Instructor for our Learning and Development team. The Drone Pilot Instructor conducts Flight School workshops and seminars, ranging from 1:1 instruction to group engagements as well as oversees the build-out of a training curriculum to support the scaling of our operations.


  • Provide operational control and responsibility for curriculum management, flight operations manuals, and regulatory oversight training
  • Develop lesson plans and conduct ground training modules covering aircraft systems, including normal, abnormal, and emergency operations
  • Manage flight training facilities and the associated budget
  • Establish and reviews course content to ensure relevancy
  • Maintain accurate student training records, student logbooks, and computer records
  • Set standards for each training program (i.e. required, optional and safety-related)
  • Engage with Subject Matter Experts responsible for building and publishing guides, checklists, manuals, and procedures for training programs
  • Demonstrate hands-on, practical training specific to multiple drones used for Flight Operations
  • Lead strategic and operational planning to ensure the viability of flight training
  • Other duties as assigned by the Flight Training Manager


  • Bachelor’s Degree in UAS, Aviation, or a related field required
  • 3 or more years of UAS specific experience required
  • Part 107 certified with significant flight experience required
  • Training development and instructional design experience preferred
  • The instructor must be knowledgeable about topics related to successfully operating a drone such as FAA regulations, weather, privacy issues, battery maintenance, etc.
  • Experience with ArduPilot preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time
  • CFI-I preferred

This position also requires the following essential functions:

  • Visual acuity (e.g., needed to prepare and analyze data, to transcribe documents, to view a computer, to read, to inspect objects, to operate machinery
  • Walking
  • Hearing
  • Talking
  • Capacity to reason and make sound decisions
  • Ability to regularly perform all job functions at Company’s office or work site
  • Fingering (e.g., picking, pinching, typing, or other working that uses the fingers)
  • Ability to read complex documents in the [English] language
  • Ability to write complex documents in the [English] language
  • Capacity to express thoughts orally (e.g., accurately, quick and loudly convey spoken instructions to workers)
  • Capacity to think, concentrate and focus over long periods of time
  • Repetitive motions of any part of the body