Coastal drone operations

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

They focus on building and executing simulated operations. The content includes the second half of Part 107 ground school instruction. Each student is issued a ready to fly a 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.

Operations/Missions

IF YOU CAN FLY DRONES ON THE COAST OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST YOU CAN FLY ANYWHERE

READY TO JOIN THE FLIGHT OPS AND MISSION TEAM?

In their second year, dronies graduate to ops and missions using their knowledge and their skills with drones and the service that they provide.

AV 102 Drone Ops Flight Imagery and Flight Mastery (Year 2-Fall) Lecture: This course introduces students to UAS operations using Phantom 3 and 4 platforms, sensors, and terminology.  Students continue to explore the integration and application of UAS resources in United States airspace.  The course focuses on building and executing simulated operations in a non- combative environment.  Content includes the second half of Part 107 ground school instruction.  Lab: Student teams are issued commercial-grade drones for lab participation.  These are used to create orthophoto, 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. 

Fall Term – 0.5 Credit hours in Career & Technical Education (or Scienceor Electives); Lab Packs and Workshop Technology Limit Class Size

AV 103 Drone Missions-Mariculture (Year 2-Spring & Summer) Lecture: The summer begins with a week-long study and intensive session to prepare students to pass their FAA sUAS Knowledge exam.  The goal is to have at least ten students sit for the FAA Remote Pilot test.  We have a 90% pass rate for our students.  Summer lectures include introducing students to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) mission planning and operations, as they progress to higher-level simulation and mission planning/ execution.  Lab: Student teams launch, recover, and maintain advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems for the lab portion.   The summer mission’s primary emphasis is the aerial assessment of a significant oyster culture operation in an Oregon estuary. 

Spring & Summer Terms each 0.5 Credit hours in Career & Technical Education (or Science or Electives)
Lab Packs and Workshop Simulators Limit Class Size

Introduction to coastal drones

Students are issued an RTF (ready to fly) drone trainer and learn to fly them using lesson plans in airspace, weather, performance, loading, emergency procedures, and crew resource management.

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First year pilot Matt Novy retrieves a Phantom 3 4K after flying a coastal mission (photo by Newport News Times)

This course introduces students to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and surveys current UAS platforms, sensors, terminology, challenges to integrating UAS to the national airspace system and operations under FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regulations for small unmanned aircraft (Part 107). Content includes first half of Part 107 ground school instruction. Field trips are planned to an airport, a tower, a flight museum, and a flight service center. All other field hours are dedicated to flying drones and building logged hours.