Run a Drone Company


Students operate many aspects of the Coastal Drone Academy as a business. In addition they can take Aviation 104 – Drone Enterprise which is designed to be a realistic drone business and marketing course.

  1. Learn how to successfully research potential drone business opportunities with existing and new clients,
  2. Answer questions you should ask yourself before starting your own drone business,
  3. Create a successful business plan,
  4. Learn the legalese involved in creating a business,
  5. Learn how to successfully market your business,
  6. Create important financial documents,
  7. Learn how to run the day-to-day operation of your business, and
  8. Discover how to find customers and keep them.

Here are some of our clients with us, and below are some of the things that they have said about us.

“Coastal Drone Academy is a model example of how high schools across America can implement successful career and technical education programs with successful student outcomes, and USI is honored to be a part of their story.” Unmanned Safety Institute.

“The Guard supports the training and skills that are being taught at the Coastal Drone Academy and you are always welcome to use our gym to practice flying and our conference center for ground school exercises.” Oregon National Guard.

“The CTE Program as it is being developed in the Coastal Drone Academy program of study at Career Tech High School is probably the model for what we envisioned when we developed the Oregon Department of Education Career and Technical Education Revitalization program, good work!” Oregon Department of Education.

“For ODFW, this provides a great opportunity for us to work with you and your students to explore the application and utility of fixed-wing UAS relative to the quad-copters we currently use and provide your students with a real-world application of UAS technology for management of natural resources.” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We greatly look forward to this partnership moving forward in a collaborative environment that fosters learning, STEM/STEAM educational opportunities for the youth in our area, while providing highly advanced technological resources to help better manage our projects and the lands the Tribe and everyone in our area benefit from.” Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

“The Airport Committee commends you on your achievements in helping students gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful after graduation. The Airport Committee and the Newport Municipal Airport support your efforts to create a drone school and 107 drone testing center.” Newport Municipal Airport.

“The Hebo Ranger District is pleased to partner with the Career Tech Charter High School’s STEM extension program to provide access to Hebo Ranger District professionals and areas for data collection in the Salmon River Estuary. The use of  UAS to map the existing channels and scour areas in tidal zones around the Salmon River Estuary will be extremely useful to the Hebo Ranger District.” US Forest Service.

“Dr. Getter and his students have technical expertise and equipment that will significantly benefit my efforts…I expect to take advantage of the Coastal Drone Academy assets through aircraft availability, equipment scoping and repair, and FAA 107 licensed pilots to assist with data collection.” Oregon State University’s GEMM lab.

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