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    • Film, Photography, and Videography
    • Infrastructure
    • Inspections
    • Emergency Services
    • Mapping and Surveying
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Drones 101 Review

    • Types of Drones
    • DJI Overview
    • Phantom / Inspire / Mavic Specs
    • Standard DJI Systems
    • Power System
    • Propulsion and Maneuvering System
    • Command and Control System
    • Positioning and Navigation System
    • Imaging Payload

    • Downloading the App
    • Connecting your Device
    • Performing Firmware Updates

    • System Status / Flight Mode
    • GPS / Link Quality / Battery Level
    • Camera Settings
    • Map / Flight Telemetry Data

    • Verifying System Settings and Status
    • Performing a Compass Calibration
    • Startup and Takeoff
    • In-Flight Stick Commands
    • Landing and Shutdown
    • Flight Logging

    • Multiple Flight Modes
    • Beginner Mode
    • Return to Home Altitude
    • Maximum Flight Altitude

    • Aerial Photography and Film
    • Structural Inspection
    • Aerial Mapping

    • Loss of Control Link
    • Fly Aways
    • Disorientation
    • Low Battery

    • DJI GEO System
    • Battery Management
    • DJI Academy and Flight Simulator
    • Flight Records
    • Pilot In Command
    • Registration Requirements
    • Eligibility Requirements
    • Conditions for Safe Operations
    • Waiver Policy

    • National Airspace System
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Clearances and Permissions
    • Uncontrolled Airspace
    • Controlled Airspace

    • Restricted Areas
    • Filing NOTAMS
    • Special Use Airspace
    • Military Training Routes
    • VFR versus IFR Flight Rules

    • Reading Sectional Charts
    • Chart Legend
    • Navigation Basics
    • Chart Interpretation
    • Difficult Chart Test Questions

    • Operating Near an Airport
    • Traffic Patterns
    • Heliports
    • Towered and Non-Towered Airports
    • Runaway Markings and Signage

    • Controlled Tower Communication Procedures
    • Phonetic Alphabet
    • Airport Terminal Information Service
    • Self-Announce Procedures
    • UNICOM/ MULTICOM

    • Internet Weather Briefings
    • Micrometeorology
    • Reading METARS
    • Stages of a Thunderstorm
    • Types of Cloud Formations

    • Scheduled Maintenance
    • Unscheduled Maintenance
    • Preflight Inspection
    • Record Keeping
    • FAA Inspection and Testing

    • Requirements of Pilot In Command
    • Situational Awareness
    • Hazardous Attitudes
    • Effective Communication
    • Risk Management for Drone Pilots

    • Basic Aerodynamics
    • Aircraft Loading
    • Weight and Balance
    • Center of Gravity

    • Reporting In-Flight Emergencies
    • Fail Safe Procedures
    • Airborne Inspections
    • Wildlife Hazards
    • Lithium Battery Hazards

    • Impacts of Drugs and Alcohol
    • Vision Impairments
    • Determining Fitness for Flight
    • Physiological Considerations
    • Part 107 Regulations Requirements

    • Registering for Airman Knowledge Test
    • 300+ FAA Test Questions
    • Best Study Practices
    • Applying IACRA
    • Applying for the Remote Pilot Certificate
    • UAS Code of Conduct
    • Remote Pilot Responsibilities
    • Privacy
    • Mitigating Risks
    • FAA 'Dirty Dozen'
    • Communication

    • Risk Management
    • Hazard Identification
    • Historical Data
    • Risk Matrix
    • Likelihood of Risk
    • Severity of Risk
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Pilot Considerations
    • Customer Expectations

    Considerations

    • Customizations
    • Implementation
    • Flight Planning
    • Preflight
    • Crew Briefing
    • Flight Execution
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Post Flight
    • Maintenance

    • Hazard Identification
    • Satellite Imagery
    • Flight Planning
    • Manmade Structures
    • Terrain Variations
    • Natural Obstructions
    • Low-Level Turbulence
    • Interference

    • Forecast Sources
    • METARs
    • TAFs
    • Visibility, Clouds
    • Sky Condition
    • Precipitation
    • Wind
    • Temperature
    • Part 107 Requirements
    • Go/No-Go Decision Making

    • Airspace Classifications
    • Controlled Airspace
    • Uncontrolled Airspace
    • Prohibited and Restricted Areas
    • TFRs
    • LAANC Authorizations

    • Part 107 Requirements
    • Roles
    • Responsibilities
    • Positioning
    • Crew Management
    • Crew Briefing
    • Communication Methods
    • Communication Procedures

    • Aerodynamics
    • Aircraft Axes
    • Angle of Attack
    • Turbulent Air
    • Weight and Balance

    • Prevention
    • Disorientation Responses
    • Practice Maneuvers
    • Close Range Line of Sight
    • Medium/Long Range Line of Sight
    • First Person View

    • Prevention
    • Emergency Responses
    • GPS Signal Loss
    • Datalink Interference
    • Compass Errors
    • Flyaways
    • Hardware and Software Failures
    • Battery Issues
    • Collisions

    • Types of Communications
    • CTAFs
    • Scanners
    • Transceivers
    • Standard Format
    • Common Conventions
    • Traffic Patterns
    • Aircraft Position

    • Manufacturer Recommendations
    • Preflight Inspections
    • Post Flight Inspections
    • Flight Logs
    • Aircraft Logs
    • Patterns of Wear and Tear
    • Maintenance Protocols

    • Battery Types
    • Capacity
    • Specifications
    • Charge Cycle
    • Discharging
    • Maintenance
    • Damage
    • Disposal
    • Storage
    • Flight Regulations

    • Registration Requirements
    • Responsibility of Remote PIC
    • Daylight Operations
    • Hazardous Operations
    • Crew Regulations
    • Operating Limitations
    • Types of Mapping Data
    • Types of Mapping Products
    • Platform and Payload Considerations
    • Mapping for Construction
    • Mapping for Agricultural Uses
    • Mapping for Engineering and Architecture

    • Principles of Photogrammetry
    • Photogrammetric Geometry
    • Aerial Triangulation
    • Photogrammetric Procedures
    • Common Coverage Errors
    • Georeferencing
    • Spatial Reference Systems

    • DroneDeploy Account Levels
    • Autonomous Flight Planning
    • Waypoints
    • Collecting Nadir Imagery for 2D Mapping

    • Collecting Oblique Imagery for 3D Modeling
    • Orbit at End of Mission
    • DJI Point of Interest
    • Manual Collection

    • Map Engine Processing Options
    • Map Engine Data Requirements
    • Uploading Datasets
    • Accessing the Final Product
    • Common Issues in Low Quality Maps

    • Layers of a DroneDeploy Map
    • Analyzing Evaluation Data
    • Performing Volumetric Calculations
    • Cut, Fill, and Volumetric Measurement Calculation
    • Lowest Point and Best Fit Base Planes
    • Adjusting Histogram to Change Elevation Values

    • Relative vs. Absolute Accuracy
    • Project Accuracy Requirements
    • Survey-Grade Accuracy
    • DroneDeploy Accuracy Levels
    • Factors that Improve Map Accuracy
    • Techniques to Improve Map Accuracy

    • Creating GCPs
    • Placing GCPs
    • Utilizing the GCP Checklist
    • Submitting GCPs in DroneDeploy

    • Export Options in DroneDeploy
    • Static Layer Export Procedures
    • Custom Layer Export Procedures
    • Sharing Your Map

    • App Market for Enhanced DroneDeploy Capabilities
    • AirMap App
    • Linear Mapping App
    • Overlap Optimizer App
    • PDF Annotation Report
    • EZRoof App
    • Quick Map Overlays App
    • Tensor Flight App
    • GCP Volume Analysis
    • KML & SHP Import
    • Thimble App
    • AirData UAV Sync App
    • 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
    • Part 107 Regulations
    • Time Periods
    • Compliance
    • Night Waivers
    • Visual Line of Sight
    • Proper Illumination
    • Night Site Assessment
    • Aircraft Orientation
    • Collision Lighting
    • Strobe Lighting Safety
    • Visual Illusions
    • Sensors
    • Cameras
    • Flight Area Lighting
    • Flying at Night
    • Emergencies

    • Visual Illusions
    • Night Physiology
    • Off-Center Viewing
    • Night Illusions
    • Avoiding Night Illusions

    • Visual Observer Regulations
    • When to Use a Visual Observer
    • Positioning Examples
    • Visual Observer Communication
    • Common Terminology
    • Communication Scenario
    • Selecting and Briefing Crew Members
    • Briefing Preparation Sheet

    • Standard Waiver Requirements
    • Best Practices for Submitting a Night Waiver
    • Night Waiver Application Examples
    • Night Waiver Application Steps
    • Crew Member Night Operations Test
    • Why Use Drones?
    • Commercial Operations
    • Equipment Options
    • Pros and Cons of Inspire 1 & 2
    • Pros and Cons of Phantom
    • Pros and Cons of Mavic Pro 2 & Mavic Air
    • Camera Options
    • Lens Options
    • Gimbal Balancing

    • DJI GO Settings
    • Photo Types
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Image Format
    • White Balance
    • Image Style
    • Color Settings
    • Foundations of Photography
    • Shutter Speed
    • Aperture
    • ND Filters
    • ISO Value
    • Image Exposure
    • Histograms
    • Exposure Value
    • Camera Modes
    • Rule of Thirds
    • Fundamental Shots
    • Drone Shots
    • Camera Angles

    • Video Size
    • Frame Rate
    • Video Format
    • Video Standards
    • Color Settings
    • Controller Settings
    • Gimbal Tuning
    • Aircraft Response Settings

    • Rise and Reveal
    • Descending Approach
    • Rising Retreat
    • Tracking Shot
    • Orbit Shot
    • Panning Shot
    • Tilt Shot
    • Fly By Shot
    • Sliding Shot
    • Flyover Shot
    • Bird's Eye View
    • Fly Through Shot
    • Jib Shot
    • Stationary Shot
    • Expert Tips
    • Post Production Basics
    • Software Options
    • Editing Tools
    • Drone Market Analysis
    • Personal Fit
    • Competitive Analysis
    • Identifying a Target Market
    • Target Market Pros and Cons
    • Service Offerings
    • Pricing Strategy
    • Branding
    • Choosing a Company Name
    • Designing a Logo
    • Developing a Tagline

    • Digital Marketing
    • Content Marketing
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Pay Per Click Strategy
    • Creating Your First AdWords Campaign
    • Display Ads
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Identifying Keywords
    • SEO Best Practices and Strategy
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Creating a Facebook Ad
    • Advertising in Newspapers and Magazines
    • Public Relations Strategy

    • Building to Scale
    • Establishing Your Website
    • Website Hosting
    • Web Development Tools
    • External Phone System
    • Setting Up Business Emails
    • Hiring Strategically
    • Developing a Org Chart
    • CRM Systems
    • Project Management Systems
    • Tools for Internal Communication

    • Liability for Drone Pilots
    • Types of Business Organizations
    • Sole Proprietorships
    • Partnerships
    • Limited Liability Companies
    • Employment Contracts
    • Copyright Law
    • Trademarks
    • Privacy Considerations

    • UAV Insurance
    • Insurance vs. Warranty
    • How Much Insurance Coverage Do You Need?
    • Why Buy Drone Insurance?
    • Factors Affecting Coverage
    • Best Practices
    • Insurance Options
    • Warranties
    • Risk Mitigation
    • How to Prepare for Disaster Response Missions
    • Understanding Weather
    • Manmade Hazards
    • Travel Preparations
    • Equipment and Backups
    • Communicating with Incident Command
    • Personal Health and Safety
    • UAV Pilot Safety Tips

    • Type and magnitude of a disaster
    • Emergency management efforts
    • Phases of the emergency response process
    • Roles of local, state, and federal governments
    • Process for disaster declaration
    • Structure of incident command system
    • Effective UAV utilization for each phase

    • Types of Disasters
    • Sudden Events and Expected Events
    • First Hours on Scene
    • UAS Pilot Response
    • Case Study: Hurricane Irma
    • A Helicopter's Perspective
    • Importance of Communication

    • Pre-Disaster Applications
    • Disaster Response Applications
    • Recovery Applications
    • Earthquakes
    • Fires
    • Floods
    • Manmade Disasters
    • Hurricanes
    • Weather Events
    • Assistance in Emergencies and Disasters
    • Training to Build Capabilities
    • Preparation Plan

    • Real-World Disaster Response UAV Operations
    • Case Study: Mapping for Inspections Following Hurricane Irma
    • Case Study: Search and Rescue Operations During Hurricane Matthew
    • Lessons Learned and Key Takeaways

    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Multi-Rotor Aircraft
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Fixed Wing Aircraft
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Helicopters
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Aircraft
    • EO Sensors
    • FLIR Sensors
    • Chemical Detectors
    • Other Payloads

    • Volunteering to Build Skills
    • Building Relationships
    • Volunteering for County and State Agencies
    • Volunteering Internationally
    • Best Practices while Volunteering
    • Requirements for Contracting with FEMA
    • Finding Contracts Based on Emergency Management Phase
    • Other Organizations involved in Disaster Response Efforts
    • Importance of NIMS Training
    • Useful Waivers during Disaster Response

    • How to Work with Agencies, Organizations, and Corporations
    • Coordinating with Incident Command
    • Checking-In at an Incident
    • Incident Supervisor and Initial Briefing
    • Incident Command Post
    • Check-out and Demobilization
    • FAA TFR Memo after Hurricane Irma
    • FEMA's Remote PIC Position ICS Training Requirements

    • Data Requirements Impact on Flight Profiles and Altitude
    • Organization Data Privacy and Security Policies
    • Flight Profiles
    • FAA Weather Minimums
    • Weather Assessment
    • Sources of Weather Information
    • Site Assessment
    • Hazards and Conditions Unique to Emergency and Disaster Areas
    • Roles and Responsibilities of Crew Members
    • Crew Management
    • Stressors
    • Ways to Prevent Stress among Crew Members
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A former Navy helicopter pilot, Amelia flew the SH-60F, HH-60H & MH-60S before transitioning to unmanned systems. She spent 5 years developing curriculum & training for the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Sco ut UAS, & continues to instruct UAS operators as a current Naval reservist. Amelia is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy & holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate.

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