As the commercial drone industry expands, so do drone training programs – helping the next generation of flyers to get their Part 107 licenses and prepare for new jobs in the industry. Those training classes are getting some new tools.
Little Arms Studios, a leading developer of professional-grade simulation solutions, has announced a strategic partnership SkyOp, LLC, one of the leading drone training centers in the Northeast. SkyOp will use Little Arms Studios’ Zephyr Drone Simulator throughout the SkyOp commercial and consumer drone training network.
The Zephyr Drone Simulator includes a progressive curriculum of training modules, good for beginners or experienced pilots. The curriculum makes it ideal for public safety departments training staff for a new drone program; colleges or universities; or drone training centers. “For SkyOp instructors, it was Zephyr’s real-life flight physics and proprietary Learning Management System which were key factors in the decision to partner with Little Arms Studios,” says the company.
“We’re excited to be working with Little Arms Studios to bring the Zephyr Flight Simulator into our instruction workflow,” said Brian Pitre, co-founder and managing member of SkyOp. “We’ve beta tested the product and watched it come alive. Its enhanced graphics, dynamic training scenarios, active flight physics and Learning Management System are unparalleled in the industry today.”
The Learning Management System enables instructors to easily manage the training curriculum and interact with students outside the classroom all while seamlessly tracking their individual lesson progress, flight skill proficiency, federal regulatory knowledge and more. With the detailed analytics reports from the module, instructors can quickly and easily pinpoint the skills that require improvement for each student. As a beta testing partner, SkyOp instructors were essential in the development of the module’s capabilities.
“Over the past year, SkyOp played an integral part in helping us develop Zephyr into the most feature-rich sUAS simulator on the market,” said Kyle Bishop, CEO of Little Arms Studios. “We are excited to officially make our partnership public and continue working with the SkyOp team to bring new features to the platform that will keep Zephyr on the leading edge of drone simulation technology.”
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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