About Us

Drone Trust

Drone Trust provides CAA certified drone training (theory and practical). Our training courses are run by highly accomplished aviation pilots with experience in managing aviation business, combined with drones.

Our online training courses are flexible and can be undertaken by you at your own time and pace.

It is our mission to scale our industry safely by building an industry of trusted drone pilots. Our aim is to offer drone training courses in a cost effective and scalable way, so all drone pilots can afford to upskill and learn the rules.

Drone Trust has six course examiners and instructors based throughout New Zealand. Our examiners are very experienced drone pilots who have been approved by CAA to conduct flight assessments.

Four of the six examiners are pilots so introduce the disciplines of manned aviation into the drone world. In addition to testing our examiners often provide instructing services to train novice drone pilots in the skills of flying a drone.

Meet Our Team

Steve - Drone Trust

Steve

Partner / Runs the show!

Steve has built a wide-ranging depth of aviation experience throughout his career, including as General Manager of Vincent Aviation and as part of a flight operations team with Air New Zealand – roles that would see him gain experience working with aviation authorities around the globe. Earlier in his career, Steve spent many an hour flying commuter aircraft. A lifelong love of flying would later lead him to pioneer organisations offering pilot licencing, flight testing, and – ultimately – UAV drone training. Just as busy on the ocean as in the air, throughout the last decade Steve has served as a duty officer for the Coastguard and in 2015 became qualified to command a rescue vessel.

Bevan - Drone Trust

Bevan

Partner / Domain Expert

Bevan has extensive aviation industry experience as an airline pilot and licensed avionics engineer. He has worked in military helicopter maintenance, built aircraft for Boeing, worked as a manned aircraft flying instructor, search and rescue and air ambulance pilot, commercial drone operator and flight examiner. Bevan has extensive experience helping organisations gain their Unmanned air operators certificate. He is one of two individuals in NZ authorised to certify the construction, modification and operation of drones heavier than 15kg. He also has experience with extended and beyond visual line of sight operations.

Michael

Partner / Good Ideas man

Michael is a highly experienced and decorated military pilot in heavy jet, fast jet, transport and training aircraft. As a civil pilot he has done extensive experimental flight testing of manned and unmanned aircraft. He has run his own drone services business for over 3 years and is regarded as a world expert in regulatory matters pertaining to the future of aviation. His hobbies are surfing, sailing, snowboarding and tennis with the kids. He is an “armchair” web developer with a passion for improving customer experiences online.

TESTIMONIALS

TRAINING

We are a regulator-approved provider of drone training (theory and practical) (NZ, Australia, USA). Be cautious of other training providers unless they are Part 141 approved- else your training may not count!

REGISTRATION

We will register you success with the regulator and, if you want, the insurer. This helps to protect you if something goes wrong with your flying and you are held accountable.

UR-SAFETY

Your safety is our priority and our integrated systems will become part of your daily routines to ensure that everything is right before flight.

TRACKING

We help you keep track of the current rules, hardware updates, your recent flying and your safety status. Tracking is essential for safe operations.