Advanced Coastal Drone Missions 1 (Fall Term)

Our top pilots are assigned the task of carrying out mapping missions for our clients. Students show clients the concept of mapping using an educational concept known as  “scaffolding”. They know that both learning mapping and producing maps involves this stepping up process. There are four levels illustrated here starting with a “Fast Aerial View”.  The top 6 Career Tech students are eligible to conduct “advanced missions” since they have made top grades in prerequisite sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) courses.

Why use drones for mapping

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 here:

Interviews for Coastal Drone Academy

Interviews are held in August for the year’s cohort of pilots. A second round of interviews takes place in January for filling empty positions.

Introduction to Coastal Drones course is where most students start. If you have experience with flying drones your may want to apply for Coastal Drone Operations. Only 6 students will be accepted for each class. A list of backups will be maintained.

Criteria for acceptance in the program include:

Programming drone 2

  1. Preference is for juniors and seniors, although we have had successful freshman and sophomores in the past who will considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Computer skills are needed as the basis for learning to fly using tablets, and doing programing of drones using laptops.
  3. Camera and film making skills are a bonus. Equipment care and maintenance will emphasized since students will be issued expensive electronics for the course.
  4. Emphasis will be made on attendance, since sessions are only once a week and material is cumulative. Unexcused absences result in removal from the course and assignment of your drone and tablet to a student from the waiting lists.




Coastal Drone Operations 1 (Fall Class Schedule)

“Operations” classes have a lecture, lab and field session and are scheduled for Fridays starting at 8am.  An aviation field trip is planned and two full sessions of aviation project proposal writing and delivery are scheduled for early December. The curriculum for “operations” appears below.

Career Tech HS student pilots mapping dunes and conducting beach erosion studies on Siletz Bay

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.

Introduction to Coastal Drones 1 (Fall Class Schedule)

“Intro” classes have a lecture, lab and field session and are scheduled for Mondays starting at 8am. An aviation field trip is planned and two full sessions of aviation project proposal writing and delivery are scheduled for early December. Course curriculum is provided below.

Career Tech HS students and drone crew chief flying obstacle course with Phantom 3 at Lincoln City ball park

Curriculum: 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; A module is being prepared allowing student to build their own drone and fly it. 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.

Registering drones with FAA