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Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Develop the skills you need to fly, gather, and analyze aerial inspection data.

In-Person Course

$ 1,490.00

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.

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Two Day Workshop Schedule

Prerequisites

Day 1 8:30AM - 5:00PM
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

Day 2 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Advanced Operations

  • Lesson 6: Preflight Planning
  • Lesson 7: On-Site Assessment
  • Lesson 8: Crew Coordination
  • Lesson 9: Mapping & Modeling for Aerial Inspection
  • Flight Session 3

    Mapping and Modeling
  • Lesson 10: Intro to Thermal Imaging
  • Flight Session 4

    Thermal Imaging Demonstration
  • Lesson 11: Using What You've Learned

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop

Course Curriculum

  • Lesson 1
    Use Cases for Aerial Drone Inspections

    • 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
  • Lesson 2
    Intro to Aerial Drone Inspections

    • Getting Involved
    • Platform Considerations
    • Payload Considerations
  • Lesson 3
    Aerial Drone Inspections Techniques

    • Types of Imagery Products
    • Areas of Focus
    • Manual Flight Profiles
    • Common Manual Shots
    • Determining the Shot List
    • Sample Shot Lists
  • Lesson 4
    Capturing Quality Imagery

    • Enviromental Impacts
    • Image Framing
    • Common Camera Settings
    • Speciality Camera Settings
  • Lesson 5
    Managing Drone Emergencies

    • Flight Hazards Around Structures
    • Common Drone Emergencies
    • Recommended Emergency Responses
  • Lesson 6
    Preflight Planning

    • Utilizing Preflight Checklists
    • Determining Airspace Requirements
    • Evaluating Forecast Weather
    • Performing a Site Evaluation
    • Verifying Waiver Requirements
    • Checking State & Local Regulations
  • Lesson 7
    On-Site Assessment

    • On-Site Assessment Checklist
    • Evaluating Current Weather
    • Identifying Hazards
    • Determining Takeoff/Landing Points
    • Adjusting the Flight Profile
    • Updating Lost Link Settings
  • Lesson 8
    Crew Coordination

    • Determining Appropriate Crew Composition
    • Camera Operator Responsibilities
    • Visual Observer Responsibilities
    • Visual Observer Placement
    • Communication Methods
    • Crew Briefing
  • Lesson 9
    Mapping & Modeling for Aerial Drone Inspections

    • Fundamentals of Mapping & Modeling
    • Mapping Software Overview
    • Utilizing Mapping Software for Aerial Drone Inspections
  • Lesson 10
    Intro to Thermal Imaging

    • Thermal Imaging Fundamentals
    • Types of Thermal Payloads
    • Thermal Inspections
  • Lesson 11
    Using What You've Learned

    • What to Bring on a Job
    • Sample Workflow
    • Interacting with the Public
    • Drone Job Resources

Upcoming Classes

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Feb 22 - Feb 23

San Francisco Bay, ca
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Mar 14 - Mar 15

Dallas, tx
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Apr 4 - Apr 5

Denver, co
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Apr 25 - Apr 26

Orlando, fl
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop May 7 - May 8

Boston, ma
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Jun 20 - Jun 21

Annapolis, md
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Jul 18 - Jul 19

Chicago, il
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Aug 22 - Aug 23

Long Island, ny
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Sep 19 - Sep 20

Atlanta, ga
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
TBD – Venue will be announced when six participant minimum is reached
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$1490

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Our Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop Flight Instructors

Our instructors bring real industry experience to teach you how to succeed in aerial inspections.

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Karl Schwab

Karl designs and implements multi-camera sensor systems for drone platforms and utilizes his commercial remote pilot privileges almost daily. He has used drones for a wide variety of industrial applications, including tower inspection, survey/mapping, and roof inspection. Karl is also licensed commercially in single and multi-engine airplanes.

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Christina Martinez

Christina is a commercial pilot and CFII with a Commercial Aviation and Air Traffic Control degree from the University of North Dakota. After a decade in the corporate finance world, Christina decided to return to the aviation industry. She has over 1,000 hours of flight time and owns her own small drone business which focuses on aerial roof inspections and photography.
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Colin Romberger

Colin Romberger graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as one of the first 5 students to earn a Master’s Degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, with a focus in Flight Operations and Systems Design. Colin also holds multiple FAA Airman Certificates for manned aircraft operations. Colin was a sky diving instructor for multiple years with over 1500 recorded jumps and runs a sUAS services company focusing on mapping and inspections. At DARTdrones, Colin is responsible for ongoing instructor development initiatives as well as the coordination of sUAS Operations Consultation Services tailored to the specific use cases and operating environments of our corporate clients. He has consulted with numerous companies and organizations on their use of sUAS for a cross section of purposes.

Aerial Drone Inspections Workshop FAQs

Will we learn how images are analyzed?

Yes, you will learn about setup (isotherms), color palettes, spot temperature referencing, etc.

I am new to drones. Is this the right course for me?

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.

Will this help me get a drone job in inspections?

If you have an interest in completing aerial inspection jobs, this Workshop is a great way to get started. There is a lot of very specific information that you will need to understand to perform an aerial \ inspection. This course is designed to get you started. We will also point you in the right direction of companies hiring aerial inspectors.

If I have no inspections experience, is this class a good fit?

This class is great for someone new to inspections and also someone with inspections experience looking to get into aerial inspections.

Do I need to bring a drone to the workshop?

Our instructor will provide a drone for you 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.

Will the Workshop be hosted in more cities in the future?

We will announce additional dates and locations throughout the year. All of our Workshops are also available to be taught as a private group training for an enterprise or government entity. Contact our sales team to learn more.

How many students are in the class?

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.

How much flight time is in the class?

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.

What are the prerequisites?

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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