Coastal Drone Academy students map coastal towns, forests, wetlands, bays, and beaches. In Spring 2018 we went aboard the OSU R/V Pacific Storm on station five miles off Newport, deploying a drone to help Dr. Leigh Torres at Oregon State monitor grey whale migration as part of our OSU/Sea Grant Grey Whale Migration Mission (click here for our story).
Our curriculum is a blend of aviation and coastal resources management and has two texts. The aviation text is written by Embry-Riddle aviation faculty, and the curriculum is FAA approved and provides students with over a dozen college credits (below).
My four (blended aviation and natural resource management) courses are:
- Aviation 101.1: Introduction & Drone Safety
- Aviation 101.2: Phantom Film School
- Aviation 102: Coastal Drone Mapping (Operations) (see details)
- Aviation 103: Natural Resource Management Using Drones (Missions) (see details)
The second text is my book, “Coastal Resources Management Guidelines”, (below) which is our text used in coastal zone management, concepts introduced in Aviation 102 and 103.
My courses are part of the State of Oregon’s Career and Technical Education program, and they are designed to work through experiential, hands-on learning, and collaboration with local marine scientists, my pilots fly missions where they develop knowledge of the several key aspects of coastal resource management.
Here is an example of technical education using research projects as we learn salt marsh ecology, , surveying, boating, fixed wing drone flying, and seagrass ecology (below) in the Spring of 2018 with our entire Operations and Missions classes having a role (this is the bay and the boat where we flew the ODFW Netarts Bay UAS 2018 Mission):