A-Cent's In-House Ground Instruction Drone Training Program - The entire course is 7 and a half hours or if you are just struggling with certain sections of the training like weather or sectional chart reading you can opt to just take that portion of the course.  There are five sections we will cover in the full course, or each course is just 1 and a half hours long.  The cost is just $45 per hour.  Once you are done training you can take your FAA Written Exam at our location since we are a certified FAA testing facility. This Exam is just $150.  Call today to get scheduled for your course. Group discounts are available!


A-Cent's Light Sport Drone Training Program is another cost effective method to qualify for commercial operation of a Drone.  A-Cent's Drone Program is a Light Sport Training Course.  In order to obtain your light sport pilot license you must fly 20 hours of which is composed of 15 hours dual flight and 5 hours solo flight.  This is a self paced program, therefore the more often you come into training the faster you obtain your license.  We are open 7 days a week. 


This program is only $4,995 and includes a Cessna Training Packet which is an online-based training program with interactive videos and online resources. You will receive 20 hours of flight time, the aircraft rental for your checkride with the FAA Examiner, unlimited ground school and Checkride Guarantee.  


Our goal is to educate and train drone operators on how to safely and responsibly operate in the National Airspace System (NAS), as well as expose local communities on how drones are being utilized.

 This new craze is based off the rules established by the FAA requiring the following:

To legally fly a drone for commercial purposes, the operator must have approval per Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. It is common for the approval to be called a "333 exemption". To attain that approval from the FAA the person who will operate the drone is required to have at a minimum either a private pilot or sport pilot certificate.

By law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval.Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) grants the Secretary of Transportation the authority to determine whether an airworthiness certificate is required for a UAS to operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

This authority is being leveraged to grant case-by-case authorization for certain unmanned aircraft to perform commercial operations prior to the finalization of the Small UAS Rule, which will be the primary method for authorizing small UAS operations once it is complete.

The Section 333 Exemption process provides operators who wish to pursue safe and legal entry into the NAS a competitive advantage in the UAS marketplace, thus discouraging illegal operations and improving safety. It is anticipated that this activity will result in significant economic benefits, and the FAA Administrator has identified this as a high priority project to address demand for civil operation of UAS for commercial purposes. As of March 25, 2016, 4,223 Petitions for Exemption 333 have been granted by the FAA.

Piloting unmanned drones is a growing business opportunity which A-Cent plans to be part of when it comes to training. The combination of low-cost and very high value is driving fast adoption of drones for many businesses. New uses for UAS aircraft include law enforcement, search and rescue, agriculture, oil and gas line surveillance, entertainment, videography, photography, real estate sales, and aerial surveying. Eventually there will be many hundreds of uses.


FAA rule 107 allows you to operate as a Remote Pilot for commercial drone activities by passing a computer based FAA Written Exam with is composed of 60 questions and you have two hours to complete the test.  Once you pass you are immediately issued a certificate to permit you to begin filing your drone for compensation.

This is becoming big business -- FAST. One of these new, highly-paid jobs is being a UAS pilot.

Just remember, there are requirements to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes. A-Cent has the courses to pave the way for you to take advantage of this booming industry.

As A-Cent is the only Sport Pilot training program in North Florida and South Georgia area, this allows us to be a strong force in the Drone training industry. Since FAA requires you must have either a private pilot license or a sport pilot license to operate under the exemption, corporations are seeking the quickest and most cost effective method to getting this accomplished. Therefore, sport pilot training is the best solution and we have the aircraft, curriculum and Certified Flight Instructors to provide it. How does Light Sport achieve this?

Sport Pilot training gets the student a license to fly faster -- weeks instead of months.

Sport Pilot training is less expensive -- pilots can become licensed to fly aircraft at half the cost of a Private Pilots license.

Sport Pilot training does not require a medical certificate -- pilots who have lost or can't get a medical for minor medical problems can now participate as long as they have a valid driver's license, proving they are healthy enough to fly.

Sport Pilot training is a good way to sample flying -- a sport pilot certificate is a great way to test the waters.

"Light Sport training allows thousands of potential students previously excluded from flying to obtain their Light Sport Pilot License," says Chief Executive Officer, Donnell J. Vigil. "We are excited to be able to provide affordable pilot training at an accelerated pace to commercial operations who plan to operate their Drone program under the FAA Exemption 333." 

If you know a company or corporation looking to start a Drone program contact us for more details and how to get started. 

Whether you are a beginner just starting off or an advanced operator looking to become an entrepreneur, this course is for you. We tailored our course to accommodate all enthusiasts of this industry. We will walk you through in a step-by-step manner to every aspect of conducting drone operations. We cover topics outlined by the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Handbook.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Drone Training


A-Cent Aviation's Drone Training Program trains professional drone operators on how to safely and responsibly operate in the National Aerospace System.  We will educate you on FAA laws, regulations, safety standards and how to remain in full compliance. You can obtain your Light Sport Pilot License through our program for FAA Exemption 333 or you can take our In-House Ground Instruction Program to operate under FAA rule 107!

CALL TO SCHEDULE A FLIGHT: 904-310-4829
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Herlong Airport 
​First Coast Flight Center
9300 Normandy Blvd. Suite 503
Jacksonville, FL 32221