Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop | DARTdrones: The National Drone Pilot School

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Learn to utilize drones for refinery inspections.

Develop the skills you need to fly drones for advanced missions in our 5 Day Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

  • July 26 - 30
    Houston, TX 1 week | Monday - Friday
    8:30 - 5:00 pm CST
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Obtain real-world hands-on training using best practices from a curriculum utilized by oil and gas companies and taught by an aerial industrial inspections expert. Understand how to efficiently utilize the drone and collect valuable data.

After this course, you’ll be qualified to use your drone to conduct multiple oil and gas aerial missions including data collection, mapping and modeling, HazMat, industrial inspections, and thermography missions.

The 5 Day Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop is ideal for:

Current Oil and Gas Professionals

This training has been utilized by Fortune 500 oil and gas companies.

Oil and Gas Drone Inspections Service Providers

This training has been utilized by drone inspections service providers looking to expand their drone team.

Drone Entrepreneurs

Oil and gas aerial inspections is an incredibly lucrative market that requires very specific skills and knowledge. Set yourself apart with this class.

Your guide to drone success:
Meet your instructor

Karl Schwab

Software and Systems Engineer

Aviation Experience

22 years


Aerial Industrial Inspections

Pilot Rating

Commercial Multi/Single Engine with Instrument rating, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Karl is one of DARTdrones’ most experienced instructors with over 25 years in general aviation and 930 hours of time as pilot in command (PIC) of small UAS. Karl has extensive experience teaching and flying drones in the oil and gas industry and has functioned as the consultant and drone pilot for companies such as GE Oil and Gas, CHS, HFOTCO, P66, Total, Armor Energy, Valero, CITGO, Easton Energy, and Lyondellbasell. He also has over 30 years of experience in software and systems engineering working on weapon/turret, command and control, embedded missile and other various types of systems. He is licensed commercially in both Multi and Single-Engine Airplanes with over 1,300 hours of flight time and has an instrument rating. In addition to instructing for DARTdrones, Karl currently designs and implements multi-camera sensor systems for drone platforms and flies commercial sUAS flights near daily. He has been an instructor with DARTdrones since 2016, and teaches our Part 107 Test Prep, Basic Flight Training, Aerial Inspection and Aerial Mapping and Modeling courses for both open enrollment and private clients.

5 days of intensive aerial refinery inspections workshop

    • System Overview & Setup
    • System Software
    • Flight Walk-Through
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Basic sUA Maneuvering / Close Proximity LOS Flight
    • Emergency Situations & Procedures Review
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Outdoor Flight Session: Emergency Procedures / Medium Range FPV Flight
    • Intro to Aerial Photogrammetry
    • Georeferencing
    • Creating a Mapping Flight Plan
    • Flight Execution
    • 3D Modeling
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Collecting Mapping and Modeling Data
    • Using the Map Engine
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Collecting 3D Data
    • Introduction to SiteScan
    • Common Processing Issues
    • Map Accuracy
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Mapping with GCPs and D-RTK
    • Aerial Inspection Techniques
    • Capturing Quality Imagery
    • Site Hazards
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Inspection Profiles
    • Preflight Planning
    • On-Site Assessment
    • Crew Coordination
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Crew Coordination
    • Thermal Imaging Basics
    • IR Image Quality
    • Operating the H20T IR Camera
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Collecting IR Imagery
    • IR Inspection
    • sUAS Night Flight and Physiology
    • Night Flight Execution
    • Outdoor Flight Session: IR Inspection and Night Operations
    • Intro to sUAS Emergency Response
    • Emergency Response Steps
    • Go / No Go Decision Making
    • HazMat Flight Execution
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Emergency Response
    • M-300 Regular Maintenance
    • Standard Operating Procedures
    • Outdoor Flight Session: Final Flight

What You Get

  • 5 days of in-person training
  • 11 hands-on flight sessions
  • Training curriculum utilized by nation's leading oil and gas companies
  • Access to industrial inspections expert
  • Extensive class workbook

Upcoming Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop Dates

Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop
July 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Houston, TX 1 week | Monday - Friday
8:30 - 5:00 pm CST

Our curriculum was designed by experts.

Learn from instructors who have trained and flown extensively for drone refinery inspections.

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 the Aerial Refinery Inspections Workshop with DARTdrones?

Learn a Specialized Skill

Oil and gas companies will be using drones in the future. Become the drone expert in your organization.

Live Access to Critical Infrastructure Instructor

The training is live with one of our expert instructors. You will learn from their real world experiences flying refineries and critical infrastructure.

Tried and Tested Curriculum

This curriculum has been tried and tested on drone pilots from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies.


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