TO EMBRACE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN DATA COLLECTION, HUWA ENTERPRISES PROVIDES DRONE LICENSE TRAINING TO 16 TEAM MEMBERS
Heading northeast from Denver on a quiet country road that splits endless green fields, you suddenly realize that one of the gentle hills ahead is in fact topped by a massive collection of buildings and construction equipment. When you turn left at the large "HE" sculpture and head up the driveway, you are confronted by a fierce John Deere tractor with a flaming exhaust mounted at the entrance to Huwa Enterprises. It displays the grit and energy shared by the family of Huwa companies that have evolved from a simple family ranch to provide nearly every conceivable service in land management. This includes land restoration, soil services, landscape mapping and modeling, and civil and pipeline construction. With a commitment to apply state-of-the-art technology to their projects, Huwa Enterprises recently invited Aeon Unmanned to present its Drone License Course to 16 employees. Now, with their new drone licenses, those employees are training with DJI Mavic 2 drones to integrate aerial data collection into all the Huwa companies' operations for customers across the USA.
Up, Up and Away! Aeon Unmanned and Eco Roof and Solar Show Home Inspectors How To Use A Powerful New Tool: Drones!
Drones were a huge topic of interest at the annual International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) convention in Longmont, Colorado, on June 12 and 13. In a tag-team workshop, Greg DePrez of Aeon Unmanned described the key features of drone technology, then Kayleen Kesterson of Eco Roof and Solar, who flies a drone daily to inspect roofs, showed how just one overhead photo of a damaged roof provided enough detail to support a successful replacement claim of $15,000. Later, in an outside demonstration, Kayleen flew a DJI Inspire 2 drone to demonstrate how an inspector can quickly and safely gather data from hard-to-reach vantage points. And wow...since the convention, we've already had a home inspector graduate from our June drone license course with a "pass" on her FAA drone license exam, and we have several more scheduled in future courses. Take our drone license course to legally and safely make drones a tool for your business!
Three's a A Crowd? Try 11 New Remote Pilots at Brinkmann Consructors! Our Latest Client Site Drone License Class
When Brinkmann Constructors, a progressive and innovative general contractor, decided to add drone technology to their workflow, they committed nearly everyone on their team of Denver-based project managers, supervisors and engineers to earning a Remote Pilot Certificate and becoming qualified to fly drones at project sites. At Brinkmann's invitation in early April, Greg DePrez (Senior UAS Instructor, Aeon Unmanned, center in blue shirt) and Micah Lambert (Aeon Unmanned CEO, behind DePrez) brought the AU Academy to Brinkmann's Denver office classroom for two days of FAA drone license lectures. After taking several practice tests and meeting the instructors once more for a final review on test day, all of the license candidates passed the FAA Drone Knowledge exam. Brinkmann's new Remote Pilots will use drones to take photos and videos of site conditions, as well as to document monthly construction progress. We congratulate Brinkmann Constructors, an employee-owned construction industry leader, on making an "all in" commitment to embracing drone technology by creating a large team of legal, safe, and professional employee-pilots.
We've wondered where the drone pilots of the future will come from. Will they continue to be the solo entrepreneurs we've always seen in our monthly Aeon Academy Drone License classes? Or will more of them be employees of companies and agencies that sponsored their training to create an internal drone team?
So we looked at the trends in our own Part 107 license class training. In 2017, the first full year of drone license availability, 66% of our students were private or self-employed individuals. 34% of of our students were sponsored by an employer.
But in 2018, the numbers have swapped. This year, 35% of our students have been private, and 65% have been sponsored by their employers. These have included police departments, national science laboratories, construction companies, gas and oil operators, and even reality TV video crews (you can spot their drone shots on reality TV shows!).
We think the growing percentage of employer-sponsored Drone License students demonstrates that, as companies discover the critical value of drones to key internal processes, more of them will hire or train internal pilots who will handle company drone operations.
And yes - we are happy to help employee-sponsored students get their commercial drone licenses!
We've been teaching the Part 107 Drone License Course since September 2016 (a record?). But 2018 was a big year for our program. At the beginning of the year, we completely revised the course, based on our experience and feedback from our grads. During the year we welcomed dozens of students from all over the US, as well as Kenya and Jamaica. Two thirds of our students were sponsored by their employers, and we had new industries represented, including law enforcement, mining, journalism, and wind turbine inspection.
We constantly made lesson adjustments; for instance, students reported that the number of "airspace" questions on the Part 107 exam were increasing, so we expanded the airspace lectures and practice problems to make sure students were comfortable with this topic. We saw our graduates' FAA exam scores rise, and since June, the average of our graduates' scores has exceeded 87 (and only a 70 is needed to pass!).
Heading into 2019, we think we've got one of the most comprehensive Part 107 professional drone license and flight prep course available. Our full Test Prep and Flight Intro course features two days of classroom instruction and two days of basic flight instruction, supported with homework and test practice right up to the scheduled FAA exam on the final day. That's twice the instruction time of nearly all other lecture plus flight courses.
Our graduates (see their comments!) consistently report that they felt prepared to take the Drone exam and they they are comfortable with the basic elements of safe, legal, and professional drone flight.
Are you a designated future drone pilot for your company or agency (or yourself)? Then pick an upcoming FAA commercial drone license course and join us!
As you make plans to earn your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, there is key element in your professional portfolio that you need to include. It's a commitment to a UAS-centered Code of Conduct.
When you apply for your pilot certificate, you agree to obey the rules and regulations governing your UAS flight privileges. But you should enhance that commitment by pledging publicly that you are committed to safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft.
To make that commitment, we recommend to our Aeon Academy students that they adopt the UAS Pilots Code. The Code was published this year by the Aviators Code Initiative and the University Aviation Association. It's designed to advance safety, airmanship, and professionalism among UAS pilots and crews.
The key theme of the UAS pilots code is that, as members of the professional aviation community, remote pilots should maintain the same obligations toward safe operations as manned pilots, who have a highly developed set of training and safety programs.
The UAS Pilots Code lists a set of recommended practices to confront real world operations. It's designed to help UAS pilots embrace standard operating procedures and incorporate risk and safety management in all operations. There are seven sections of guidance in the Code:
1. General Responsibilities of UAS Pilots
2. Manned Aircraft and People on the Surface
3. Training and Proficiency
4. Security and Privacy
5. Environmental Issues
6. Use of Technology
7. Advancement of UAS Aviation
As an example, here's an abbreviated version of Section 1, General Responsibilities of UAS Pilots:
UAS pilots should:
a. make safety a top priority,
b. seek excellence in airmanship (knowledge, skill, ability, and attitude that promote safe and efficient operations),
c. adopt sound principles of aeronautical decision-making (ADM) (the process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to the circumstances), and develop and exercise good judgment,
d. use sound principles of risk management,
e. maintain situational awareness (the accurate perception and understanding of your operation and environment), and adhere to prudent operating practices,
f. aspire to professionalism,
g. act with responsibility, integrity, and courtesy, and
h. adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and industry guidance.
In our Academy classes we review the key statements and encourage our students to incorporate the UAS Pilots Code into their operations. And we point out that they should promote their embrace of the Code to demonstrate their commitment to professional and safe UAS operation.
Remote Pilots: are you committed? You can find the full details of the UAS Pilots Code at this link: http://www.secureav.com/UAS-Listings-Page.html