Before being admitted to Operations, students must complete Introduction which requires 50-100 hours of ground school and flight arena training
using a trainer drone assigned to each student (below is our indoor flight facility at the Oregon National Guard armory and the Hubsan X4 (below left).
In addition, each pilot is required to complete a Red Cross/CPR course. Students are recommended to have 20/40 corrected vision, be physically fit, in academic good-standing, and express a desire to advance in the aviation field of endeavor (expressing advancing levels of work ethic and maturity) to advance to operations. Field trips are taken to an airport, a flight museum, and a flight service center. Operations students are required to join our nationally sanctioned (Academy of Model Aeronautics) flight club, the “Coastal Drones” to promote drone flying activities and activities within the school and community.
Students in Operations first learn to fly a quadcopter used to create photo mosaics, topographic, vegetation, and 3D aerial maps while following lesson plans in radio communications, performance, physiological factors, decision making, airport operations, maintenance and pre-ﬂight procedures.
In the words on our collaborators, “Chuck is doing AMAZING things in Oregon with his students. They are applying DJI systems for marine science applications. Some of his students have already earned their RPC and are now interested in a career in aviation. Others are beginning to discover the power of drone technology and are looking to even start their own businesses! And best of all, attendance rates have gone from very low to nearly 100% ever since Chuck initiated his program! The story of the Coastal Drone Academy is truly wonderful and is having an immense positive impact on both the students and the community.” …a nationally accredited curriculum developer.