About Us

About Us

We got our start as Twin Cities Drone School in 2016 delivering in-person commercial drone training to individuals seeking their Part 107 certification. In 2019, we created a video course based on the same curriculum as our successful in-person classes, and Top Flight Drone School was the result.

Your Instructor


M.Ed., Business and Industry Education, University of Minnesota

FAA Certifications

Private Pilot License, Airplane Single Engine Land, with Instrument Rating
Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS Rating


Joel Roggenkamp is a friendly and experienced educator and aviator who takes a student-centered approach to his teaching. He got his start in aerospace education at the age of 14, when he was appointed Aerospace Education Officer of his local Civil Air Patrol squadron. He took the Model Rocketry curriculum he developed there to St. Cloud Community Education, and later to North Hennepin Community College. In addition, he has five years of teaching experience ranging from middle school and high school, to teaching database development courses at the graduate level.

His aviation experience includes Cessna 152s and 172s, and most recently, flight time in a light sport Pipistrel Alpha. As well, Joel has been building and flying small unmanned aircraft systems for six years and is very excited to see where the industry will go.


In-Person Drone Classes in Minneapolis

Our first class was held September 19, 2016 in Brainerd, MN with a group of five students.


On Site Corporate Training

In 2017, we began offering on-site corporate training, helping companies start internal drone programs. We've helped some of the most prominent Minnesota companies, including Best Buy, Orbital ATK, Hibbing Taconite, and Ron Schara Productions,

On-Demand Online Video Course

In 2019, we released an online version of our in-person class. This video course uses the same curriculum as our in-person classes and is optimized for online delivery.

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