We Educate for the Future

The mission of UATI is to create an industry-standard level of training for the entire unmanned aviation industry. This level of standardization is critical to the future of our industry.


Getting Started with Drones

Getting Started with Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, have rapidly become a familiar sight in our skies. These technological marvels, once reserved for specialized applications, are now a blend of innovation and everyday utility. As their presence grows,...

Understanding Controlled Airspace

Understanding Controlled Airspace

When I’m instructing students, we usually spend an entire day devoted to understanding how to identify controlled airspace, what it is, and how to operate a UAS in it. It’s a big topic and I like to spend a lot of time on it because it represents a large...

UAS News

Remote ID Enforcement Extended 6 Months

Remote ID Enforcement Extended 6 Months

With only 3 days remaining before the rule was set to take effect for remote pilots, the Federal Aviation Administration publicly announced today they will delay enforcement of the Remote ID rules for operators who are unable to comply. The FAA said “Drone...

Our team has more than 30,000 hours of manned aviation experience, thousands of hours in UAS, and more than 30 combined years of experience in the aviation industry.

“There’s simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety.”

Capitan Chesley Sullenberger (CPT Sully)

Unmanned Aviation is Aviation

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Test Your Knowledge

Do I need to register my drone?

Federal law requires all drones operated under 14 CFR Part 107 to be registered. The limited statutory exception for recreation requires…

Am I required to issue a NOTAM when I fly my drone?

A NOTAM is not required under Part 107 flights. They are only required if…

What are the differences in the types of pilot licenses?

A student pilot license (certificate) is designed for…

Is package delivery allowed under the Small UAS Rule (Part 107)?

Part 107 permits the transportation of property for conpensation or hire, provided the operator complies with all the provisions of the rule, including…

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Take a quick look inside our course to decide if this is the right fit for you.

The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful with the course content. I feel prepared and confident about taking the exam.

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Meet the Team

Will Paden

Will Paden


Will co-founded Soaring Eagle Imaging in 2015 as a premier aerial imaging and GIS company to create solutions by collecting data using the latest unmanned aerial platforms. Will has 2,500+ manned flight hours as a 20-year manned-aviation as well as a U.S. Army Blackhawk Instructor Pilot. Will holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from Mississippi State.

Nathan Alber

Nathan Alber

Director of Operations

Nathan worked as the Director of Training for Soaring Eagle Technologies and was an instructor for UATI before accepting his current role at UATI. Along with substantial UAS training experience, Nathan specializes in media and video production and adds creativity and additional innovation to the team. Nathan has a BA in Journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Noah Ruiz

Noah Ruiz

Lead Instructor

As an Industry Advisory Board Member at Arizona State University’s Aviation Department, he has played a key role in aligning aviation curricula with industry standards, particularly in updating the UAS program. In his tenure as a Lead Faculty Associate and an Adjunct Flight Operations Instructor at Unmanned Vehicle University, he has been instrumental in nurturing leadership in unmanned systems and developing a curriculum that transforms beginners into skilled UAS professionals. His work hightlights a deep commitment to advancing educational excellence and innovation in the aviation and UAS fields.

FAA Part 107 Virtual and In-Person Training

The best way to prepare for the Part 107 exam is through instructor-led training and recurrent training.


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