SUAS-1400 SUAS Inspection Course

Quick Facts


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program

Course Length
4 weeks

Course Dates & Locations
Online beginning: July 9, 2018,
October 15, 2018,
January 7, 2019,
April 25, 2019

*Registrations received later than three days after published course start dates will be enrolled in the next available course

Your registration will be handled by a secure payment system. Credit card information will not be saved.



Gain an entry-level understanding of the concepts required to use Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for conducting inspections with this four-week online course. Topics will include an introduction to inspection types, flight operations, data collections and sUAS regulations. In addition to these topics, the course will discuss these factors essential to conducting safe and effective inspection operations:

  • Safety
  • Flight planning
  • Data collection and processing
  • Maintenance
  • Communications

Who Should Attend

Individuals who are UAS operators interested in learning more about inspection operations and flight department managers interested in integrating sUAS for inspections.

Key Topics

SUAS Inspection Missions:
  • Energy sector
  • Vertical Structures
  • Horizontal Structures
  • Communications
  • Agricultural
  • Transportation
  • Disaster Relief
Flight Safety Integration:
  • SMS
  • Sensor avoidance technologies
  • Platform capability limitations
  • Obstacle clearance issues
Flight Operations:
  • Mission Assessment
  • Pre/Post Flight Planning
  • Maintenance
  • Fleet acquisition
  • Flight Training

Contact Us

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

About the Instructor

Dr. Scott Burgess

Associate Professor
Embry-Riddle - Worldwide
College of Aeronautics

Dr. Scott Burgess' 32 years of aviation experience includes both military and civil aviation organizations. Associate Professor Burgess operates a dozen sUAS from Parrot, DJI, 3DR, Hubsan, Yuneec and more, and in both multi-copters and fixed wing platforms with RGB, FLIR and multi-spectral payloads. Scott conducts flight operations and testing on and near his ranch in remote areas of Texas. In May of 2017, he joined with other faculty and students and fell in on post-tornado damage in Oklahoma to capture and broadcast live imagery to the state capitol and yield this imagery and real time information to first responders and residents receiving the tragic damage. Burgess develops UAS academics and consults on sUAS operations and integration for missions such as agriculture, construction, ISR, Law Enforcement, SAR and more.

In manned aircraft he is qualified on seven military and civilian helicopters (among them, the AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Huey, OH-58 Kiowa, with several hundred hours in an F-15E Strike Eagle as a functioning Weapons Systems Officer). Additionally, experiences include loading strategic airlift aircraft, and even exiting them in flight. Scott holds the Remote Pilot in Command Certification.

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