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Applied Drone Technology: Instructor (Starts Aug 2nd)

Aug 2 - Oct 31, 2021

$3,500 Enroll

Full course description

This five week-long module course teaches fundamental commercial drone operations and software applications.  The key learning objectives include 1) passing the FAA Part 107 exam, 2) learning to create 3-D models from drone data, 3) a wide range of practical skillsets such as filing FAA waivers, requesting ATC authorization and programming autonomous missions and 4) flight skills.  The 3-D models and maps will be created using ContextCapture, one the industry’s leading SfM software packages.  The course uses a cutting-edge flight simulation program to teach flight skills.  Access to ContextCapture and the flight simulator are included with the course.  Click this link for a video overview of the course.



This course is divided into 5, week-long modules.  Dr. Joe Burgett will guide you through the material and hold conference calls on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm to answer questions and review difficult concepts.  These conference calls will compliment a comprehensive library of videos, voiceover PowerPoints and written e-material.  Hard copies of the course’s e-material will also be provided.  Those wishing for a more autonomous e-learning experience are encourage to take the “Self-Paced” offering of this course.



This course requires access to a smart device and a PC computer.  Microsoft Windows 7/8 or 10 Professional 64-bit with at least 32 GB of RAM, an 8-core CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. Macs are not supported by ContextCapture at this time. 



​Module 1

·         Part 107 exam preparation

​ Module 2

·         Complete Part 107 preparation and Pass Exam!

·         Begin flight training with simulator

​ Module 3

·         Review mission checklists for safe drone operation

·         Controlled airspace LAANC authorization

·         Learn to program waypoint assisted missions

·         Create a basic 3D photogrammetric model

·         Continue flight training with simulator

​ Module 4

·         Additional flight training with simulator

·         Use surveyed Ground Control Points to enhance your models

·         Take off material quantities (volume and area) from your models

·         Learn to improve models by removing unwanted artifacts

​ Module 5

·         Final round of simulated flight training putting your flight skills to the test

·         Create a contour line map from your 3D model

·         Create aerial and sectional orthophotos from your 3D models