Next Drone Workshops : Next Drone Workshop: Jan. 16-18th Dillon, MT.

UAV Flight Ops, Post Processing, FAA Prep: 3 day workshop. Day 1 hands on photogrammetry surveying, Day 2 post processing/3D model development, Day 3 FAA exam content.

The FAA Part 107 Remote UAS pilot license is required for anyone flying UAS as part of work/business/commercial operations. This workshop will prepare attendees to pass the exam to obtain an FAA Remote Pilot License (Part 107). Attendees will also get hands-on training on using a UAV to conduct an automated photogrammetry survey, collect high accuracy (cm level) ground control points and check points, then post-process the control points and create a 3D model, digital surface model, and hillshade of the survey area.


Contact Email Jeremy for registration information and to get on class list. Seating Limited.



Contact Email Jeremy
Cost*: $1200 for 3-day class and scholarships are available for University of Montana Western staff and students. Additional $150 for FAA test exam fees if you would like to take the FAA exam in Belgrade or Missoula after the workshop.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

UAV Flight Ops, Post Processing, FAA Prep (3-days) Jan 16-18, 2020, Dillon, Montana

Thursday, Jan 16th - UAV Survey

Day 1

Hands-on overview of UAS inspection, maintenance, software update protocols, and troubleshooting. The common software apps used for flight planning and FAA authorization for flights will be introduced, as well as the apps used for automated flight control surveys. The second half of Day 2 will include hands-on demonstrations for the manual control of UAS. We will also walk through the steps of setting up a 3D photogrammetry survey, and collecting ground control and quality control points for high accuracy surveys. We will also conduct a UAS 3D photogrammetry survey using automated flight controls.
Friday, Jan 17th - UAV Data Processing

Day 2

Attendees will learn how to post-process cm level ground control points and check points (in this case, using the National Geodetic Survey Online Positioning User Service, OPUS). Then they will learn how to load control and check points, and photos into the photogrammetry software Agisoft Metashape to create a 3D model and digital surface model, then export into ArcGIS and create a hillshade.
Saturday, Jan 18th

Day 3

Interpretation of aeronautical maps, weather, FAA regulations, and safety equipment and technology for advanced UAS flight operations.
    Specific topics
  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  • Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
  • Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  • Airport operations
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
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Instructor Biosketch:

Jeremy heads up the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology UAS program. He has 20 years of experience in the natural sciences and GIS fields, working in private industry and government agencies to provide GIS solutions for cultural and water resources and biological sciences. Jeremy holds a a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Earth Sciences from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Science in Hydrogeology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Jeremy is currently a hydrogeologist at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, where he focuses on groundwater–surface water interaction, GIS, Remote Sensing, UAS, Big Data, and Computer Programming. Jeremy has completed multiple UAS surveys for photogrammetry and thermal data over the past 2 years. His works include building custom sensor systems (thermal, Lidar, etc.) for UAS. In 2018, Jeremy helped create Montana’s first, and currently only, UAS research and training area at the Montana Tech campus and Big Butte Open Space Park.
For registration information, contact Jeremy Crowley.