The objective of this class is to give the student the background necessary to operate drones for surveying applications. This course3 will cover the following topics: obtaining a FAA Commercial Drone License, operation of a drone system to include data collection for mapping, software training for creation of point clouds, mosaics, topographical maps, and more. Passing the FAA Remote Pilot written examination is a requirement of the class. FAA testing fee is not included in the course fee. Group 2 course.
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Explain the requisite knowledge to become an FAA certificated Remote Pilot per the FAA Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).
- Identify basic UAS flight skills including safe operating practices, emergency procedures, and proper preflight planning procedures.
- Define UAS uses in land surveying including 3D model creation, contour line generation, volumetric survey, 2D orthomosaic creation, and creating point clouds.
- Analyze the latest drone technology including proper use of flight planning software, sensor technology, obtaining quality data, and post-flight data processing.
- Apply the latest drone technology to land survey scenarios.
- Create terrain models, topographical maps, and other land surveying products using drone technology.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Critically reflect upon implications of unsafe UAS operations per the FAA Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).
- See oneself as an operator of technology that requires discipline and sound judgment in order to ensure safe UAS operations.
Learning How to Learn:
- Reflect on how new and emerging drone technology will play a role in the development of a future society.
- Recognize the value of ensuring a culture of aviation safety and the positive public perception of the unmanned aircraft industry.
- Self-monitor one's ability to adapt to a changing environment and make decisions in order to solve problems.
- Transfer knowledge of current UAS technology to future applications.