Course Overview

The "Applied Drone Technology" course provides a comprehensive curriculum to get professionals using drones the right way.  The course is completely online and has a self-paced or instructor-led delivery option.  Approximately 40 hours of material is divided into 5 week-long modules that build on each other.  Each module contains videos, written material and interactive activities.  The 

deliverables from the activities, such as a 3D model, is uploaded into our state-of-the-practice Learning Management System.  Dr. Burgett reviews the assignments and provides customized feedback for you to improve.  The first two modules focus on passing the Part 107 exam.  You will be sent a hard copy study guide and the test booklet used during the exam.  ContextCapture is one of the most powerful 3D drone-to-model software packages available.  You will be given an academic license for unlimited use through the course.  You will also be given a 9-month license to our cutting-edge flight simulator.  The flight simulator and controller are included with the course.

Two Course Deliver Options



Next Class June 6th

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Next Class August 1st


If you want to operate a drone commercially, you are required by the FAA to earn your Part 107 remote pilot certificate.  This requires you to pass a 60 question multiple-choice exam given at a 3rd party testing site.  This course prepares you to pass the exam by providing hours of video, a hard copy of the study guide, and hundreds of practice questions.  98% of the student that complete the course pass the exam on their first attempt.  Dr. Burgett will walk you through every step of the way.

Part 107 License

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Learn to Fly with Our Simulator

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The FAA Part 107 exam is critical, but it's only a knowledge exam.  Learning to fly a drone is a critical piece to commercial drone aviation.  In this course, you'll get hours of time using our state-of-the-practice drone simulator.  We ship you a controller that plugs into your computer via USB cable.  You'll start with simple stick control exercises and move into more complex scenario-based exercises.  You'll finish the flight training by completing our obstacle course challenge.  There is no substitute for practice with a real drone, but this course will teach you stick control and muscle memory so that you can feel confident operating a drone right out of the box.


3D Models and Maps

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At the end of the day, a drone is just a tool to collect data.  That data could be simple pictures or videos, but it can also be much more.  Where clients used to be satisfied with 2D images, they are now demanding 3D models and maps of their projects,  which are great ways of tracking progress and documenting as-built conditions.  Providing weekly 3D digital twins of a project is a powerful tool for building owners to use long after construction has finished.  They are also commonly used by contractors to coordinate activities with their trade partners.


Compliance Tools

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Passing the Part 107 knowledge exam is great, but how do you request Air Traffic Control authorization, check CTAF frequency or identify controlled airspace in the real world?  Fortunately, there are several fantastic online and app-based tools to help.  This course shows you these tools and how to use them.  Dr. Burgett will also show you some of the most commonly used UAS specific weather tools and an auto-pilot flight control app to help you collect the best data for your 3D models and maps.



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Using the data is just as important as collecting it.  We show you the best way to collect drone data to create professional-grade models.  From those models, you can create quantity take-off estimates in seconds.  Linear footage of curbs, square feet of mulch, or cubic yards of earthwork; all of this can be done with a click of a few buttons in the modeling software that you will learn with this course.  The class also explores what constitutes a "good" model and data collection best practices.


No Robo-Grading  


This is not a cookie-cutter class with videos and multiple-choice quizzes.  This is a university-style course with real deliverables just like you would have in the real world.  For example, in module 3 you will be given 140 images and 8 ground control points from an active borrow pit.  You will use those images to create a 3D model and topo survey.  Every model is unique and Dr. Burgett provides custom feedback based on how your specific model renderes.

Digitial Twins