SUAS Advanced Inspection Operations

Quick Facts

Early Bird Pricing: Through August 3, $299
Regular Pricing: Aug. 4-Sept. 30, $349
Onsite Pricing: Oct. 1-Oct 3, $399

A full conference pass for Commercial UAV Expo is $645 until August 3rd, 2018.

Course Length
1 Day

Course Dates & Locations
October 1, 2018, in Las Vegas

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This in-depth workshop will extend knowledge from beyond Part 107 qualifications to operational knowledge, skills, and abilities regarding sUAS utilization for inspections in construction, infrastructure, utilities, surveying and mapping. Detail covered in this curriculum includes establishing workflows, safety program development and operation, flight operations considerations, and data handling. Attendees will develop proficiencies in identifying and mitigating risk, building efficiencies, internal-external sourcing, and performing platform and support equipment analysis and selection. 

Course Outline/Outcomes

  • Commercial Pilot perspectives
  • Extend knowledge for sUAS Inspections in the following disciplines;
    • Construction
    • Infrastructure
    • Utilities
    • Surveying
    • Mapping
  • Operational Considerations;
    • Establishing workflows
    • Safety program development and operation
    • Flight operations considerations
  • Software/Hardware considerations
  • Data Capture, Processing, Analysis, and Management

Learning Outcomes 

At the completion of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and mitigate risks
  • Build flight and safety operational efficiencies
  • Identify Sourcing (Internal / External Assets)
  • Perform platform and support equipment analysis and selection

About the Instructors

Professor Scott Burgess

Dr. Scott Burgess

Associate Professor
Embry-Riddle - Worldwide, College of Aeronautics

Dr. Scott Burgess is an Associate Professor with 34 years of aviation experience in both military and in civil aviation. As the Chief of Flight operations (UAS) in the Worldwide Department of Flight, he is also an active UAS and aviation safety researcher and faculty for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.  Dr. Burgess operates a dozen small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), both multi-copters and fixed wing platforms with various sensor payloads. Dr. Burgess conducts flight operations and testing on and near his ranch in Texas and consistently in locations throughout the US and overseas. Dr. Burgess develops UAS, helicopter and safety curriculum and consults on sUAS operations and integration for missions such as insurance, agriculture, construction, reconnaissance, law enforcement, search and rescue, and more. In his outreach, Dr. Burgess is involved in various leadership roles with AUVSI, HAI, USHST, and consults to security and insurance organizations.

David ThirtyAcre

David Thirtyacre

Assistant Professor
Embry-Riddle - Worldwide, College of Aeronautics

David Thirtyacre has been an instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus for ten years and is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aeronautics. David is the Chair of the Department of Flight and currently instructs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Performance, Unmanned Systems, Airborne Robotics, and Aviation and Aerospace Simulation Systems. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Science, and is currently a doctoral student at ERAU's Dayton Beach campus. His current research is focused on human factors and air-to-air combat with UAS. He retired from the USAF with 27 years of duty in the fighter community with over 3500 hours in fighter aircraft, and was a pioneer in the use of unmanned systems. The majority of his career was spent at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada where he specialized in operational test, and was the USAF Warfare Center’s director of advanced programs. He was the focal point for advanced program operational planning; combining the air, space and cyberspace domains with 5th generation aircraft, unmanned systems, national capabilities and other DoD assets. He is the owner of SkyVue 3D, a commercial drone mapping enterprise, and is a current multi-engine commercial pilot, remote pilot, and certified flight instructor, instrument.


Contact Us

Robert Kelly
Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
600 South Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900