Unlock the Full Potential of Your Drone with Expert Survey Training from DroneMate!
The Ultimate 4 Day Drone Surveying Course
$1500 + GST
DroneMate has been a driving force behind successful drone implementation in New Zealand since 2016.
At DroneMate, we're passionate about providing our clients with the highest-quality drone training available. That's why we offer boutique-style courses every 2 months, featuring personalized instruction in a small-group setting. We make it easy for you from offering free transportation to and from our training facility each day to providing our in-house drones and computers for you to train on at no extra cost.
Our expert instructors have years of experience in the drone industry, and they're committed to helping you achieve your goals. Whether you're looking to start a new drone operation in your business or expand your existing skills, our course is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise you need to succeed.
*This course focuses on the fundamentals of drone surveying however it can be bundled with a Part 101/102 certification* Click this link to view our prices on our 101/102 certifications. Prices for the 4 day drone surveying courses alone are $1500 +GST.
If bundled with a Part 101/102 certification. Prior to attending our course you will be required to pass an online training and theory exam for 101 or 102. Once the theory portion has been completed we can initiate a flight test for your certification. This flight test will take place sometime during the 4 days of the drone surveying course. The flight test will take approximately 1 hour.
Meet your Part 102 certified course instructors
Aerial Surveying Course Overview
On the first day of our comprehensive 4-day aerial drone surveying course, we prioritize building a strong foundation for our candidates. We begin with a thorough review of the essential principles, ensuring that our candidates are well-versed in the fundamentals before moving on to more advanced concepts. This includes pre flight check lists and overview of CAA Part 101/102 rules and regulations, which is vital to ensure regulatory compliance and maintain safety protocols throughout the surveying process.
In the second half of the day, we provide our candidates with hands-on experience in the field. They will take part in multiple aerial surveys along side our part 102 certified instructors. This immersive experience allows our candidates to gain practical knowledge and understanding of what it takes to conduct an efficient and accurate survey, ensuring that they are prepared for the days ahead.
Day 2 is designed as an extensive classroom day where candidates will delve deeper into the theoretical aspects of conducting aerial surveys. This particular module covers a range of essential topics including flight planning, optimal camera settings, ground control points, RTK, height and overlap settings and much more. Participants will also learn about different types of outputs such as orthophotos, 3D meshes, point clouds and how they can be used for analysis. By the end of the day, candidates will have a strong foundational understanding of the core concepts necessary for conducting successful aerial surveys and providing accurate survey outputs.
On day 3, candidates will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they've acquired in the previous two days to a practical scenario. They will receive a survey brief and be tasked with planning and executing a survey mission that meets the specified requirements. This stage of the course provides a realistic simulation of the entire survey process. This can include, gear prep, check list/CAA compliance and documentation, survey programming for autonomous flight, ground control layout, RTK set up, data acquisition, post flight check lists, data management practices, data processing, quality control and utilizing analysis software. To make the best use of the students time we can alter this days work flow to be more specific to the industry they are working in. So if certain aspects of the training are not applicable we will alter the survey brief to be aligned with their needs.
On the final day of the course, we will conduct a thorough review of all the topics covered over the previous three days. This includes a detailed examination of the processed data sets, identifying areas of improvement and providing guidance on how to enhance the surveying process. Participants will receive additional resources such as checklists and documentation to facilitate their future flights. Our team will be available to answer any questions and offer further support as necessary. Finally, DroneMate will provide transport for all participants to the airport to ensure a seamless departure.
Post Course Support
Our commitment to your success extends beyond the classroom. As you take to the skies for your first few flights, DroneMate provides a free support service if required for our students. Through direct phone guidance or online meeting, our instructors will assist you in troubleshooting any problems while offering valuable insights to reinforce the knowledge you gained from the course.
You'll walk away from the course with the ability to create these outputs
- Tue, 21 NovDroneMate Homebase21 Nov 2023, 8:30 am – 24 Nov 2023, 1:30 pmDroneMate Homebase, 25 McShane Road, Richmond 7081, New ZealandAt DroneMate, enhance your skills in drone-based surveying. Our courses simulate real life situations, providing hands-on experience. Join us at our sunny Nelson home base.
- Tue, 12 SeptDroneMate Homebase12 Sept 2023, 8:30 am – 15 Sept 2023, 1:30 pmDroneMate Homebase, 25 McShane Road, Richmond 7081, New ZealandAt DroneMate, enhance your skills in drone-based surveying. Our courses simulate real life situations, providing hands-on experience. Join us at our sunny Nelson home base.
- Tue, 18 JulDroneMate Homebase18 Jul 2023, 8:30 am – 21 Jul 2023, 1:30 pmDroneMate Homebase, 25 McShane Road, Richmond 7081, New ZealandAt DroneMate, enhance your skills in drone-based surveying. Our courses simulate real life situations, providing hands-on experience. Join us at our sunny Nelson home base.
What is an exposition?An exposition is a detailed document that outlines an unmanned aircraft operator's procedures for managing and mitigating risks during drone operations. The exposition is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a Part 102 certification in New Zealand and is submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for approval. It covers various areas, such as safety policies and procedures, risk assessments, pilot training, maintenance programs, and emergency procedures. The exposition is essentially a demonstration of an operator's commitment to safety and compliance with aviation regulations.
What is a UAOC?The UAOC is issued to a organisation or company, not the individual pilot. Individual pilots are required to complete training to a Part 102 level by gaining the RPAS Pilot Certificate. The UAOC and RPAS Pilot certificates are separate. One or more pilots may fly for the UAOC organisation. Likewise, it is common for a one person organisation flying for his / her own UAOC. The UAOC has the advantage that it may include exemptions from compliance with the Part 101 rules (think of Part 101 as the general rules for UAV flying), provided procedures covering that activity maintains safety acceptable to CAA. Other advantages of holding a UAOC is the ability to do commercial drone work for any organisation within New Zealand. Some organisations do not approve drone contractors that do not hold this level of certification. NZTA is good example of an organisation that will only work with companies holding a UAOC.
Can my organisation fly Part 102 operations under DroneMates UAOC?Yes, your organisation can fly Part 102 operations under DroneMate's UAOC (Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate). DroneMate has obtained approval for its full Part 102 Exposition from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and can enable other organisations to fly Part 102 operations under their UAOC while their own exposition is being developed and approved. Our Chief Remote Pilot can approve missions using our digital drone management and operation platform. This enables organisations to start flying Part 102 operations within weeks, without having to go through the lengthy and expensive process of developing their own exposition and obtaining their own UAOC.
What are the costs involved in writing an exposition?The cost of your exposition will vary based on the complexity of your drone operation. We recommend you contact DroneMate to give us an understanding of the flight exemptions you are proposing and number of pilots you have. This information will allow us to quickly provide you with a quote.
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