UAV Drone Night Workshop


Saturday, April 23 | 2:15 PM - 10:00 PM


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Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated. 

This session will provide both theoretical information informing pilots on how to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29) and put that theory to work in the field!  Attendees will write a test after the theory section course is complete. Upon successful completion (70% or greater) attendees will receive a certification of completion which can be attached to 107.29 waiver applications with the FAA and /or internal PPO documentation to demonstrate currency and training in night flight operations.

This Night UAV Flight workshop will showcase:

  • Different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night

  • Autokinesis and night landing Illusions and how to avoid them

  • Equipment setup

  • Risk Mitigation

  • Importance of acclimating your eye for night flight & avoid light contamination


Once the theory section (and testing) is complete, experienced field UAV (drone) instructors will bring your training into the field.  Their goal is to equip remote pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot the UAV safely, efficiently and effectively, in night-time environments.

Meet at the LVCC in room N223- N226 at 2:15pm. 


Douglas  Spotted Eagle
UAS Instructor, Director of Educational Programming, Sundance Media Group

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