Our Academy

Career Tech Charter High School Pilot Class of 2016-2017

Career Tech Pilot Class of 2017

Career Tech High School is a public school in the Lincoln County School District. We are located in Lincoln City in the City Hall Building. We are a high school with 9-12 grade, have 52 students, and 11 teaching staff members (great ratio).

The Program: Coastal Drone Academy is a Science, Technical, Engineering, Aviation and Math (STEAM) extension program within Career Tech Charter High School in Lincoln City, Oregon. Coastal Drone Academy’s full name is the Natural Resource Management and Marine Service Program as it was reviewed and approved by the State of Oregon Department of Education, as an Oregon Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. It is in its second year, we have registered a dozen student pilots.. We are licensed and approved to teach what we call drone ecology, a unique combination of aviation and oceanography. Our classroom is over 363 miles of Oregon coastline much of it only accessible by drone. Here are some of the program’s recent projects and a description of the program as presented at the national conference of the National Marine Educators Association. https://vimeo.com/225518258

Our Teachers: Dr. Chuck Getter is a licensed commercial drone pilot, teacher, and coastal researcher and has taught at numerous colleges and high schools and has authored over 30 papers on the subject of coastal science research and teaching. He is the Program Director and one of the teachers at Career Tech Charter High School.

Ms. Michelle Rogers is our crew chief, a teacher who assists in all aviation classwork and field work. She also runs the Open Space and Summer Crew programs for which we are currently writing modules integrating sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems).

Course Offerings (2017-2018): Six courses on drones are being taught this year including:

Introduction to Coastal Drones:  Part 1- First Term (Sept-Jan.)/ Part 2- Second Term (Feb.-May)

Lecture: 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. Lab: 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; One of the modules is on drain maintenance and repair. Field: 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.

Coastal Drone Operations Part 1- First Term (Sept-Jan.)/ Part 2- Second Term (Feb.-May)

Lecture: This course introduces students to UAS operations using Phantom 3 and 4 platforms, sensors and terminology. Continues to explores integration and application of UAS resources in United States airspace. Focuses on building and executing simulated operations in a non- combative environment. Content includes second half of Part 107 ground school instruction. Lab: Student teams are issued commercial grade drones which 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 preflight procedures.

Advanced Coastal Drone Missions Part 1- First Term (Sept-Jan.)/ Part 2- Second Term (Feb.-May)

This course introduces students to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) mission planning and operation, as they progress to higher level simulation and mission planning/ execution. Lab/Field: Student teams launch, recover and maintain advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems. Current projects are underway and planned in coastal erosion, estuarine mapping, salmon spawning grounds mapping, coastal forestry, and construction management mapping. Some of our advanced coastal drone missions are shown in this site: https://www.facebook.com/chuck.getter.5

Coastal Drone Projects Part 1- First Term (Sept-Jan.)/ Part 2- Second Term (Feb.-May)

This course involves students working in our client’s and collaborators’ organizations, building on their knowledge of drones and how they apply directly to their missions. This is a capstone course reserved for juniors and seniors.

College Credit for Coastal Drone Academy Courses
We are finalizing the process to count our courses for college credit at Central Oregon Community College in Aviation starting in 2018.