Aerial Drone Inspections Virtual Training | DARTdrones: The National Drone Pilot School

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Learn to fly, gather, and analyze aerial inspection data

Develop the skills you need to fly drones for inspections missions in our Aerial Drone Inspections Live Virtual Workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

  • June 29 - July 20
    4 weeks | Tuesday Evenings
    7:00 - 9:30 pm ET
    Live Online
  • Aug 4 - 25
    4 weeks | Wednesday Evenings
    7:00 - 9:30 pm ET
    Live Online
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Corporations spend billions of dollars inspecting their high value infrastructures and assets every year and drones have been proven to make inspections safer and more cost effective. During a DARTdrones Aerial Inspections Workshop you will learn from veteran professionals experienced in:

  • Commercial and Residential Roof Assessments
  • Radio and Cellular Tower Inspections
  • Oil and Gas Facilities Operations
  • Solar Infrastructure Assessments
  • Wind Turbine Inspections
  • Insurance Assessments
  • Property Management Support
  • Thermographic Inspections

Why does a new aerial inspections pilot need this course? When it comes to demonstrating a solid Return on Investment (ROI) for unmanned aircraft, their use for inspection purposes is one of the best examples available. Drones can save money in so many ways that companies of all sizes are investigating how to incorporate them into their daily operations. Assessments are completed faster with sUAS, human resources remain in safe locations out of harm's way, and direct costs are a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to traditional aerial inspection operations conducted with airplanes and helicopters. So what do you need to know to be successful?

While the number of opportunities for qualified sUAS pilots to conduct inspection operations is very high, companies are still struggling to find pilots that provide high quality, actionable information.

Set yourself apart from the competition by learning directly from expert sUAS professionals with years of experience and the ability to teach you the skills you need to deliver what clients in multiple industries require.

Many drone services providers would like more drone work.

Jobs for inspections services are out there, but you need to know where to look and how to make yourself known to potential clients. Our course will introduce you to multiple sUAS job resources and marketing strategies.

With so many industries beginning to look to drones for inspection purposes, it’s hard to decide where to focus your efforts as a service provider.

Get a comprehensive overview of multiple sUAS inspection use cases during the 4-week workshop and gain additional insight into the specific industries in need of drone services that also interest you.

Many types of aerial inspection operations entail numerous hazards and a range of risks that must be properly identified and managed by the Remote PIC.

Learn the critical steps involved with the Preflight Planning and Onsite Assessment phases of successful sUAS inspection operations.

Case studies have proven that many sUAS accidents can be prevented by putting in place mitigations before the drone ever leaves the ground.

Our class teaches you how to mitigate the risk in your flights.

Drone pilots need to be prepared for specific emergency situations that are most commonly encountered when conducting inspection flights with sUAS.

Our course teaches you to both recognize and respond successfully to ensure safe and successful flights.

New techniques for aerial inspection data collection are being developed all the time and professional drone pilots need to stay informed.

Examine the use of thermal imaging as well as photogrammetric orthomosaic products for improved aerial inspection operations.

Drone service providers need to be able to speak with a client and understand their specific needs.

Our course teaches you to ask the right questions and understand the industry lingo necessary to land the job and provide your clients with quality, actionable, aerial intelligence.

Karl and Colin were great instructors! The course provided an open forum to discuss not only roof inspecting but other aspects drone flying for commercial use. The flying portion gave us freedom to test out different techniques all while having fun in a relaxed atmosphere.

Kevin ShowAircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

Curriculum designed to turn you into an Aerial Inspections pro

    • 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

Independent "Hands-On" Aerial Inspection Projects

Students will be given both aerial inspections data collection assignments to gather with their sUAS and upload for processing between classes. The instructor will process the datasets of images gathered by each student and provide feedback on the orthomosaic products generated during the following virtual classroom session.

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To get the most out of this class, we recommend that you have:

5+ hours of flight time

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What You Get

  • 12 hours of virtual training
  • Virtual inspections data collection assignments
  • Live analysis of data collected
  • Live access to expert instructor
  • Recordings of the training

Upcoming Virtual Aerial Inspections Dates

Virtual Aerial Inspections
June 29, July 6, 13 & 20

4 weeks | Tuesday Evenings
7:00 - 9:30 pm ET

Virtual Aerial Inspections
Aug 4, 11, 18, & 25

4 weeks | Wednesday Evenings
7:00 - 9:30 pm ET

Our curriculum was designed by drone experts to make you successful

You'll walk away feeling confident on your equipment

Amelia Owre

Fire Scout UAS Curriculum Developer, Navy Helicopter Pilot

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.

Why complete Aerial Inspections training with DARTdrones?

Learn the Art of Inspections

Having the ability to collect high quality data in any situation is not easy. Learn from those who have done it before.

Get More High Paying Jobs

Drone inspection jobs are some the highest paying in the industry. Invest in differentiating yourself with a new highly specialized skill.

Be Confident in Your Skills

Confidently explain to potential clients whether or not a drone can accurately collect the data needed.

Live Access to Inspections Instructor

The training is live with one of our expert instructors. You can ask questions just like in a real classroom.

Comfort of Your Home

Complete comprehensive aerial inspections training from the comfort of your own home.

Save on Travel

Many students travel to our in-person training courses. Save on travel expenses by completing this course from home.


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