Learn to fly commercial drones & practice your flight tests
Develop your piloting skills in real world commercial scenarios
Evaluate drone applications requiring pilot and response team coordination.
Supports VR headsets for development of real world situational awareness

NEWS UPDATE - RPC1 Foundation Course - Now Available (see 'Modules')

RPC1 - Foundation Course

A practical simulation based foundation course for new pilots, and a good refresher for existing pilots. Covering drone construction, basic flying skills, drone systems and flight safety with a practical flight test at the end. This practical course is designed to compliment any theory based courses you may be considering or have already completed for official certification. Having a good balance of both theory and practical experience will make you a safer and more confident pilot.

All of our training modules grow and expand over time to meet the practical needs of active pilots. Once you have purchased this training module you will have continued access to it and be notified of updates as they become available. To get started on the foundation course download the free Rotor Pilot sim and then purchase the training module in the in-sim store.

VR READY: For enhanced skill and situational awareness development


The 'Rotor Pilot' commercial drone simulator will support you and accelerate your progress all the way from novice to experienced pilot. Use standard flight modes and controls to pilot drones within the simulator, avoiding expensive real world crashes. The time you spend flying and learning new skills within the simulator will directly benefit your real world flying. Then as an experienced pilot you can practice new scenarios, gaining the confidence needed to be successful on your real world assignments.

VR READY: For a fully immersive experience that can really develop your situational awareness enter virtual reality with the addition of a VR Headset (HP Reverb etc.)

Drone Selection

The drones you fly in Rotor Pilot will feel familiar and are similar to popular commercial drones in wide use. These range from 350mm to 1180mm in size with both quad and hex copter configurations. Select the most appropriate drone and payload for the task at hand, the larger hex copter includes both photographic and thermal vision sensors along with a spotlight for night flying.

Accurate Flight Model

The commercial drone simulator you will be flying uses accurate flight modelling to ensure your time spent on the simulator directly benefits your real world flying. Vmach Media simulation has a proven track record training drone pilots in the highly demanding world of drone racing where accuracy and reaction times are critical. When flying commercially you may lose GPS satellite reception or suffer other sensor failures so it's important that you have experience in a less assisted mode (eg stabilized) to safely fly your drone back to the landing area.

Flight modes include: GPS, Altitude, Stabilized and RTH (Return To Home)

Hand Held Controller

Rotor Pilot supports a wide range of real-world RC flight controllers that connect to your computer via USB. Depending on your controller this will be via a direct cable, trainer port cable and dongle or radio link adapter. You can also fly the simulator using a standard two joystick gamepad

PC Controller Support Includes: Taranis, Spektrum, Turnigy, TBS, Phantom 2, Jumper T8SG
MAC Controller Support Includes: Taranis, Spektrum with Orange wireless dongle, Jumper T8S.

Systems Information

Flying commercially requires a good scanning technique to ensure you have situational awareness of you drones location, potential threats and flight system status. The Rotor Pilot on-screen displays include all of the essential systems information needed to help you develop a safe flying technique.

Systems Info includes: Flight mode, satellite count, radio link strength, battery capacity remaining, height, distance, speed, vertical speed.

Flight Recorder

Your flight begins when you start your motors and ends when you have landed and stopped your motors. For the duration of your flight Rotor Pilot records your performance for later playback and review. Ground track and height charts allow you to see how accurately you have flown your assignment. This is great for checking the accuracy of your line of sight perspective as well as your height control.


Being able to fly your drone without GPS is definitely a good skill to have. If you should ever lose GPS reception it could mean the difference between getting your drone back or having it lost or damaged. Flying without GPS on a calm day is not so difficult, but when the wind picks up, things get significantly harder. To help you develop your skills in a safe environment, Rotor Pilot provides a weather system allowing you to set wind direction and speed. A great way to develop your piloting skills in adverse weather without risking your real world drone.

Virtual Reality

You are standing in a field with grass all around you and trees in the distance. You look up to see your drone flying close by, then look down at your FPV Monitor to check your camera view and systems information. Occasionally you glance behind to check that no one is approaching your landing zone.

Virtual reality brings you all of this and is ideal for practicing your close in line of sight flying while scanning your surroundings and systems. Rotor Pilot puts you into virtual reality with support for PCVR such as HP Reverb, etc.

Practice Field Scenario

You are in a field with cones marking out the flight patterns your examiner wishes you to fly. An ideal location to learn to fly and practice the manoeuvres you will be expected to carry out during your commercial flight test. Make sure you can fly proficiently in basic Stabilised mode before going to the assisted Alti and GPS modes.

Included in free download


The Rotor Pilot commercial drone simulation software uses the latest 3d engine technology and needs a reasonable spec PC to provide realistic visuals and a smooth flight experience.

The minimum recommended spec is: Windows 10 64bit OS, Intel i5 dual core CPU, NVidia 1050 graphics card (or equivalent), 4GB RAM plus internet connection (see below for VR support)

Rotor Pilot is also available for MAC and requires a system with a reasonable 3D graphics capability such as the latest iMacs. Due to the range of systems and graphics capabilities we recommend downloading and installing the free trial to evaluate performance on your own MAC.

Rotor Pilot VR supports MS Windows PCs with Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest 2 (with link to PC), HP Reverb and HTC (windows mixed reality & Steam VR). Your systems and it's graphics card must be of suitable performance to support VR applications (e.g. Nvidia RTX3060) check your graphics card manufacturers website.