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Career Tech’s CTE courses for 2019-2020

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AV 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Designed to introduce students to unmanned aircraft systems. Topics include but are not limited to system elements, regulations, operations, practical uses of UAS, safety, the history and future of UAS, sensors and payloads and human factors. Students use this knowledge to begin studying for their remote (drone) pilots license. They are issued a trainer and log their first flight hours.

AV 102 Drone Operations (Required for Program Completion): Students now fly Phantom 3s and 4s with the goal of proficiency. Ground school continues to achieve mastery of the material in the FAA Remote Pilot “Knowledge Test”. When proficiency is reached, the student may choose to attend FAA Knowledge Test preparation camp (held each June). Students must finish this course to participate in client missions.

AV 103 Drone Mission. Provides students with an opportunity to utilize a small-unmanned aircraft system for the collection, analysis, and post-processing of data into information. Students may propose a project to be completed during the semester or choose from one of the school’s ongoing projects. Projects may focus on geospatial data collection, orthorectified mapping, radiometric analysis, agricultural data analysis, structural inspections, volumetric measurement, or aerial videography/photography. Students will develop a project proposal, image acquisition plan, flight plan, and a presentation. Students are required to meet in the classroom and in the field with the instructor.

AV Mentor Project 1: Aerial Video Production Prerequisite: FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating. This course is designed for the remote aircraft pilot interested in learning to use a small unmanned aircraft for professional photography and videography. Topics include but are not limited to visual sensors, flying techniques, pre and post-processing, and flight planning. Students will create a product portfolio containing samples of their work. This course requires 15 hours of fieldwork.

AV Mentor Project 2 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance & Repair Prerequisite: FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating. Students learn the necessary knowledge and mechanical dexterity for the troubleshooting and repair of a variety of technical, electronic, and mechanical problems on a less than 55-pound unmanned aircraft system. Lecture and laboratory topics include sUAS maintenance, identification of system components, payloads, aircraft modification, part installation, hand-held ground control station maintenance, battery maintenance, radio frequency, basic soldering, safety inspections, test flights, software updates, and recordkeeping and checklist writing.

AV Mentor Project 3 Drone Economics: This course examines the impact of drones on our economy and society while reviewing the necessary steps for starting a drone business. Topics include but are not limited to the analysis between advances in drone technology and the creation of wealth from new business opportunities that result from technical innovations, legal and liability issues, regulatory considerations, ethical and societal implications, operational considerations, and technical advances and limitations.

AV Mentor Project 4 Aviation Weather: Introduces students to the reading and interpretation of weather reports and charts as well as theories of meteorological processes and their impact on aviation. Students will analyze weather factors decisive to safe flight operations. Topics include but are not limited to aviation weather fundamentals, atmospheric circulation systems, aviation weather resources and weather hazards

Natural Resource Management, Marine Biology and Oceanography: This sequence is a CTE focussed STEM-skill based course viewing man’s impact on the environment, preparing students for working in a changing world, using advanced technology and the latest science.

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