We have five instructors. In addition to our two aviation instructors, we have three coastal resource management instructors coming to us from a collaborating state agency, a watershed management council, and a tribe.
Tony D’Andrea (above), Project Leader, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in field, then giving a lecture on estuarine ecology, prior to our Netarts Bay seagrass census mission. These Coastal Drone Academy pilots will fly their drones in support of Dr. D’Andrea’s projects.
Evan Hayduk, (right) Restoration Specialist, Midcoast Watersheds Council, giving an overview of the Yaquina Bay, Oregon Tidal Restoration project. These pilots will fly their drones over a 38 acre restoration project in support of one of Mr. Hayduk’s projects.
Mr. Ian Keene (below) of CTSI (Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians) is an award-winning urban forester, restoration ecologist, and fisheries biologist. He is currently the Aquatics Program Biologist and serves as the wetlands restoration scientist as well. Our students have worked with Mr. Keene for several years, learning forestry from him in his previous role as an urban and restoration forester. Mr. Keene is developing field methodologies with our pilots to census large areas of land using drone technology.
These are three of our guest lecturers/scientists who actively instruct our students in the project goals and areas of expertise. Students work side-by-side with our students, learning their trade while assisting them, doing marine science research tasks with them.
Flight Instructors: In addition to the natural resource instructors, flight instruction is provided by Career Tech flight staff Michelle Rogers (Aviation Crew Chief) and Chuck Getter (Director-Coastal Drone Academy) who are using a nationally recognized drone curriculum from the Unmanned Safety Institute.
Ms. Michelle Rogers (above), Coastal Drone Academy Pilot, Teacher, Flight Crew Chief