Principles and Partners:

Captain Kenneth Rapier


  • F.A.A. Certified Flight Instructor and co-founder of RBS Drone Technologies, Inc.
  • Licensed glider, single-engine, multi-engine; instrument airplanes instructor
  • Airline Transport-rated pilot; over 5,000 flight hours; DC-9 airplane type-rated
  • Holds the world speed record: Palm Springs, CA to West Chicago IL – [French Federation Aeronautique Internationale]
  • President of the Tuskegee Airman – Chicago Chapter

Edward Bassette


  • Co-founder of RBS Drone Technologies, Inc.
  • B.A. degree in accounting from Roosevelt University, Chicago IL
  • Has served as a Comptroller for hospitals and construction companies
  • Member of various community and civic organization

Captain Mark P. Stevenson


  • F.A.A. Licensed drone pilot and co-founder of RBS Drone Technologies, Inc.
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences; graduate studies in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • One-hundred (100) ton U.S. Coast Guard Master of Vessels
  • Host of TV series: ‘Ask Dr. Drone’ – Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV)

Mark Thompson


  • Twenty-six (26) years’ experience in law enforcement – Chicago Police Dept. – Sergeant (Information Technology)
  • B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Management
  • M.S. degree in Law Enforcement Administration
  • Involved with various youth focused organizations

UAV Technology News & Info

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Part 107 Drone Pilot Certification Training

This course is a prerequisite for flying commercially and earning money.

RBS Drone Technologies courses are taught in accordance to the areas of knowledge which are covered on the test for a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rating of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, section 107.73(a).

Expect to set aside approximately 4 weeks of time, and invest $500 (money well-spent); in return, you can charge high-market rates for your commercial drone services.

Our expert instructors will thoroughly prepare you in the following:

  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations and flight operation;
  • Airspace classification, operating requirements and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation;
  • Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance;
  • Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; aeronautical decision-making and judgment;
  • Emergency procedures; crew resource management; airport operations;
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading; radio communication procedures;
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft;
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

Drone Maintenance

We train all of our Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilots to maintain their drones in a condition that is safe for operation.  Prior to flight, the remote PIC (Pilot in Command) is responsible for conducting a check of the sUAS and verifying that it is actually safe to operate.

As a remote PIC (Pilot In Command), you will learn how to perform checks of the Unmanned Aircraft (UA) prior to each flight to determine if the sUAS is in a condition for safe operation.  Plus, be provided top-level instructions on how to inspect and maintain a sUAS.  Our maintenance training includes ‘Best Practices’, which contains expanded information for sUAS maintenance and inspection.

The sUAS owner or operator may wish to create an inspection program for their sUAS.  A sUAS remote pilot may find sufficient details to assist in the development of a suitable inspection program tailored to a specific sUAS in a variety of industry programs.

We will teach you all you need to know for a preflight check.  Part of the inspection program should include an appropriate sUAS preflight inspection, and should encompass the entire system to determine a safe operation prior to flight.

Drone Landing

Professional instructions on how to land safely is only one of the many things we do at RBS Drone Technologies, Inc.  Say good-bye to rough landings.

We will train you to prevent the misfortune of having your drone land roughly and damage parts be destroyed.  This type of mishap can be the result of something that you can’t prevent, such as interference from a source you cannot identify and avoid.  Most of the time, minor landing bumps happen when you try to land on the ground and the maneuver does not go as intended.  Usually, minor damage to propeller may occur, which may be easily replaceable, however, if you do not have the proper training, you can damage to your drone or property more than you might expect.  RBS Drone Technologies, Inc. will show you the tricks of the trade, and suggest methods to keep your drone from tipping over when you land.  We will show you with hands-on instructions, how to maneuver your drone.  No worries about a rough ground landing.