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Applied Drone Technology – Self Paced (starts Feb 7th) is a Course

Applied Drone Technology – Self Paced (starts Feb 7th)

Feb 7 - Apr 18, 2022
40.0 credits

$1,500 Enroll

Full course description

This 5-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.



Students can complete the 5-modules at their own speed over a 10-week period.  A comprehensive library of videos, voiceover PowerPoints and written e-material will clearly communicate how to complete the course activities and teach you essential drone skillsets.  Those wishing for a more structured course offering are encouraged to take the “Instructor-Led” version of this course.



This course requires access to a smart device and a PC computer.  MS Windows 8.1 or better, Intel/AMD CPU 3.4GHz, any Nvidia, AMD or Intel GPU compatible with OpenGL 3.2, 8Gb RAM, and 50Gb – SATA Drive.  Macs do not support ContextCapture; however, workarounds such as hard drive partitioning or virtual PC desktops are possible.



​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 

You have 10 weeks to complete the course. Please contact Dr. Joe Burgett at for questions.