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Two Day Workshop Schedule
5+ Hours of Flight Time
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Aerial Inspection with sUAS Basics
- Lesson 1: Use Cases for Aerial Inspections
- Lesson 2: Intro to Aerial Inspections with sUAS
- Lesson 3: Aerial Inspection Techniques
Flight Session 1:Manual Inspection Profiles
- Lesson 4: Capturing Quality Imagery
- Lesson 5: Managing Drone Emergencies
Flight Session 2:Camera Optimization/Emergencies
- Lesson 6: Preflight Planning
- Lesson 7: On-Site Assessment
- Lesson 8: Crew Coordination
- Lesson 9: Mapping & Modeling for Aerial Inspection
Flight Session 3Mapping and Modeling
- Lesson 10: Intro to Thermal Imaging
Flight Session 4Thermal Imaging Demonstration
- Lesson 11: Using What You've Learned
Increase Safety. Improve Efficiency.
Drones have proven themselves to be a valuable tool for inspections across dozens of industries and use cases. Drones provide a safe and effective method to gather high-definition imagery of roofs, structures, infrastructure, and other areas where damage can occur. Beyond visual imaging, thermal technology can also be utilized to identify water damage, faulty electrical components, and insulation degradation. This two-day intensive Workshop will teach students how to safely and effectively maneuver their aircraft in order to gather and analyze the data necessary for a successful inspection.
- Post natural disaster
- Scheduled commercial construction inspections and monitoring
- Insurance inspections
- Home and roof inspections
- Chimney and steeple inspections
- Utility inspections
- Water system inspections
- Solar farm inspections
- Wind farm inspections
- Railroad inspections
- Bridge inspections
- Getting Involved
- Platform Considerations
- Payload Considerations
- Types of Imagery Products
- Areas of Focus
- Manual Flight Profiles
- Common Manual Shots
- Determining the Shot List
- Sample Shot Lists
- Environmental Impacts
- Image Framing
- Common Camera Settings
- Specialty Camera Settings
- Flight Hazards Around Structures
- Common Drone Emergencies
- Recommended Emergency Responses
- Utilizing Preflight Checklists
- Determining Airspace Requirements
- Evaluating Forecast Weather
- Performing a Site Evaluation
- Verifying Waiver Requirements
- Checking State & Local Regulations
- On-Site Assessment Checklist
- Evaluating Current Weather
- Identifying Hazards
- Determining Takeoff/Landing Points
- Adjusting the Flight Profile
- Updating Lost Link Settings
- Determining Appropriate Crew Composition
- Camera Operator Responsibilities
- Visual Observer Responsibilities
- Visual Observer Placement
- Communication Methods
- Crew Briefing
- Fundamentals of Mapping & Modeling
- Mapping Software Overview
- Utilizing Mapping Software for Aerial Drone Inspections
- Thermal Imaging Fundamentals
- Types of Thermal Payloads
- Thermal Inspections
- What to Bring on a Job
- Sample Workflow
- Interacting with the Public
- Drone Job Resources
Our Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Flight Instructors
Our instructors bring real industry experience to teach you how to succeed in aerial inspections.
Louis is a US Army Veteran with over 16 years of experience spanning aviation, sUAS operations, sales, and customer service. He is an FAA Part 61 commercial pilot, Part 107 Remote Pilot, and a FLIR certified Level II Thermographer. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is a current Unmanned Systems graduate student, bringing both breadth and depth of knowledge of the National Airspace System, aviation regulation, and sUAS applications to his classroom.
In his spare time, Louis enjoys traveling, exploring, and acquiring new skills and experiences.
Mark Kurzinski is originally from Syracuse NY where he enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and spent 10 years as an Avionics Electronics Technician working on the F-14A/B/D Tomcat troubleshooting and repairing radar, communications and weapons systems. Mark was selected to an officer accession program in 2001 and attended Navy flight school in Pensacola FL where he flew the T-6a Texan II. Mark retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2013 and quickly founded MidWest Drone Services in Cary IL in 2014 blending multiple passions of flying, photography and video/audio production and editing. He started in real estate photography/cinematography but soon found drones were being used for mapping/modeling and inspections. He has experience in the inspections realm in solar panel PV arrays, building façade inspections and orthomosaic mapping. Mark has over 700 hours flying DJI sUAS from the Phantom 2 all the way up to heavy rotor aircraft Matrice 210 v2 and Matrice 300 RTK. He has been a Part 107 pilot since 2016 and a Part 61 Multi-Engine private pilot since 2006 logging over 900 fixed-wing hours in military and civilian aircraft. Mark received a BA in Communication Studies/Broadcast Journalism from the University of San Diego in 2003 and was recently certified a Level 1 sUAS Thermographer from the Infrared Training Center in Nashua NH.
Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop FAQs
Yes, you will learn about setup (isotherms), color palettes, spot temperature referencing, etc.
The Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop is an advanced training course. To attend the workshop, we require students to understand how to fly a drone safely and to have already acquired a Part 107 Certificate. This class does not teach about how to fly a drone. If you have not flown before and have not passed the Part 107 exam, we recommend that you take our Drone Pilot Training course and/or Part 107 Test Prep course at least 4 weeks prior to attending the Workshop.
If you have an interest in completing aerial inspection jobs, this workshop is perfect for you. This course provides the very specific information needed to perform an aerial inspections. We will also point you in the right direction of companies hiring aerial inspectors.
This class is great for someone new to inspections as well as students with inspections experience looking to learn about aerial inspections.
You will be provided a drone to fly in the class. For insurance and liability purposes, students MUST use the provided equipment or provide proof of liability insurance with DARTdrones LLC named as an additional insured prior to the course.
We will announce future dates and locations throughout the year. Our workshops are also available through private group training for enterprise or government entities.
The Aerial Drone Inspections Workshops may have between 6 – 30 people in the course. For every 10 students, we will add an additional instructor to ensure ample flight time.
Although the course will not focus on flight time (as students should have a comprehensive understanding of how to fly prior to the course), the instructors will take the students outdoors on four occasions to conduct a real time Aerial Inspection.
The Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop is an advanced training course. To attend the Workshop, we require students to understand how to fly a drone safely and to have already acquired a Part 107 Certificate. The class does not teach about how to fly a drone. If you have not flown before and have not passed the Part 107 exam, we recommend that you take our Drone Pilot Training course and/or Part 107 Test Prep course at least 4 weeks prior to attending the Workshop.
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