About Us

Twin Cities Drone School

Joel Roggenkamp
Founder & Chief Instructor
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Degrees

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

Bio

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, now that the FAA has finalized its rules on drone operations.

Joel Roggenkamp
Founder & Chief Instructor
LinkedIn

Degrees

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

Bio

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, now that the FAA has finalized its rules on drone operations.

Dan Fontana
Flight Instructor
Drone Photographer
Website

Ever since Dan was young, he had an interest in flying.  He flew styrofoam airplanes from the cliffs along Lake Superior, built model airplanes, and flew model rockets.  For years he aspired to be involved in the aviation industry.  After flying drones recreationally, he wanted to make a business out of it and learn the real ins and outs of the industry.  He passed the Part 107 exam and began to fly commercially, primarily for real estate photography, inspections, and other projects.  He has always enjoyed sharing his hobbies and interests with others, and aviation proved to be no different.  When the time came for Twin Cities Drone School to expand into offering a flight instruction program, the opportunity presented a perfect segue into the next part of his aviation journey: teaching others to fly drones.