Coastal drone operations

In this course, students continue to explore integration and application of UAS resources in United States airspace.

flight path

They focus on building and executing drone field operations. The content includes the second half of Part 107 ground school instruction. Each student is issued a ready to fly  quad copter or fixed wing drone which are 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 addition students experience flying a fixed wing drone over larger areas (below is a sample plan for a flight for a marsh restoration area in Yaquina Bay).

Outside our Natural Resource Program of Study for the Department of Education we do other operational work with drones, primarily in the areas of real estate listing photography, construction management, crop mapping and bridge/cell tower/powerline survey work for utilities.



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Dr. Chuck Getter

Teaching marine biology with drones

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