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Drone Flight Planning 101

Plan a legal drone mission for any purpose using the correct standards and the appropriate drone flight parameters.
Josh Owen
3,461 students enrolled
English [CC]
Safely and legally plan a drone flight for anywhere in the world.
Plan drone flights according to regulations, equipment limitations, and airspace restrictions.
Navigate different sources of information to help establish the boundaries of the mission.
Plan a flight using information that is often overlooked or disregarded in schools or government training facilities.
Identify and know how to execute a drone mission from start to finish.

Learn to plan your drone missions properly – not the way schools teach and not the way that you might think.

This course teaches you everything that proper flight planning entails: how to find legal documents, where to learn about regulations, how to read aeronautical charts, and even more. In this course, we dive into everything to do with drone planning that you could possibly imagine, right down to the very basics.

Some of the topics that will be looked at include technical drone information, aviation documentation, air law, airspaces, aeronautical charts, risk assessment, emergency response, and so much more – and it’s done to an international standard.

My name is Josh. I am an internationally accredited, CAA approved Drone Operator and Instructor. Having worked in the industry for over 4 years, going through various training and examination procedures, I know what information is lacking in the industry and I know that it’s the most important information for overall drone operation. It is also worth mentioning that my ratings come from the South African CAA, which is the highest rated drone pilot license in the world, and I am the known South African drone instructor.

If you want to plan a drone mission safely and efficiently, do this course. If you want to protect yourself and your team from the law, do this course. If you want to prevent drone accidents and fly with confidence, do. this. course. Bottom line, if you fly drones, you should do this course. Give me your money 🙂 and complete this course 😉

Intro & Drone Basics

First Impressions

This lecture will let you see who I am and how I operate in front of the camera. It is there as an informal course introduction to help you know what to expect from me for the rest of the course.

Slides Introduction

This lecture will introduce you to the style of the slides and the manual we will be using to work our way through the course. It also introduces me as an Instructor and provides evidence to my knowledge of the subject.

Some Drone Basics

This lecture will introduce you to some fundamental basics of drone systems and what they are. It will create a general technical understanding of drones and why we use them.

Course Introductions

Formal Introduction

This lecture will provide you with a formal introduction to the course (not that we haven't already had introductions but you know). It will formally inform you of the structure and format of the course in all its detail.

Technical Drone Info

RPAS Information

This lecture will provide you with more of an understanding of what a drone or RPAS is and how it works, as well as what info to look for when figuring out what equipment is best for your mission type. It also informs of various other drone technicalities that need to be considered for drone flight planning.

Setting Up Your Drone

RPAS Setup In Action

This lecture will walk you through a step-by-step actionable guide to setting up your RPAS for first-time flight, and all other flights thereafter. It will provide you with information on how to set up your drone and where to find the information you need to be able to do so.

Using The Right Drone

What Drone To Use And Why

This lecture will teach you about the performance characteristics of different drone systems, and how to know what drone is best for your mission type based on these characteristics. It will help you to identify the different capabilities and limitations to look at when deciding on the right drone for your purposes.

Flight Planning (Segment 1)

Introducing Flight Planning

This lecture is introducing the Flight Planning elements of the course, including the structure and layout from here on, and the different subjects we will be looking at for our flight planning work.

Understanding Air Law

This lecture will leave you with the knowledge of what aviation law is, who makes the law, and where we can find the information we need to be able to properly follow the law. You will learn about air law procedures, aviation regulatory bodies, and the documentation pertaining to the rules and standards of the law.

Aviation Documentation

This lecture will establish the importance of aviation documentation. It will teach you about the documents and what they are used for, how to find these documents, and what to do with them once you find them. It will also clarify the differences between the various types of aviation documents that exist in the aviation world.

Pilot And Crew Safety

This lecture will introduce you to the human factors and performance elements of flight planning. You will learn about team management according to individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as the importance of using the right person for the right job.

Flight Planning (Segment 2)

Risk Assessment

This lecture establishes the fundamentals of assessing and mitigating risk, using the tried and tested methods of the risk assessment matrix tables. Assess whether a flight is worth the potential risk, or how t lessen the risk of the flight in order to fly it without being reckless.

Emergency Procedures

This lecture will tie up all the knots of the topic of emergencies which has come up through the course. It will teach you what to look for when thinking about potential emergencies, how to react to an emergency, how to plan for a potential emergency, and how to create an Emergency Response Plan (ERP).

Flyaway Preparation

This lecture will grow your knowledge on the topic of a flyaway, introducing your first potential emergency and the procedures to follow to prepare for it. Learn about flyaway prevention, how to make flyaway charts, and what a flyaway actually is.

Flight Planning (Segment 3)

Understanding Airspace

This lecture will identify the differences between the various types of airspaces that we look at in the drone industry, and will differentiate between airspace and aerodromes. It will create understanding of what airspace really is and how we can find out about these airspaces.

Basic Weather Checks

This lecture will teach how to find and understand the different types of weather systems that can be used to perform your weather assessments. Learn about informal and formal weather sources, how to locate and use these sources, and what apps and sites are recommended for the weather checks to be done at their best.

Aviation Weather Systems

This lecture will teach you about the difference between basic weather checks and aviation-specific weather checks. Learn about what these specific sources are and how to find them. Find a resource that will help to break down and decode these complicated weather sources to assist with reading them effectively.

Flight Planning (Segment 4)

Aviation Maps And Charts

This lecture dives into the nitty gritty of how to read an aeronautical chart and why to use it. You will learn how to become proficient at reading these charts and how to use one for your flight planning. You will understand the differences in airspace markings, symbols, aerodrome types, and how to find out about anything not covered.

Using Google Earth

This lecture shows how to utilise Google Earth, plain and simple. We use Google Earth to determine details about our site location, such as coordinates, nearby roads and emergency services, and if you are able to find an aviation service data file online, you can even use the software for the same purposes as an aeronautical chart.

Apps And Softwares

This lecture showcases the recommended apps and software to use for efficient flight planning. It lists these apps/softwares and tells what their best use is. It also showcases the benefits of these apps.

Concluding The Course

FOM And Course Conclusion

This lecture is finishing up the course. Learn about the benefits of using a Field Operations Manual (FOM) which will be worked through in the second course. It will also highlight the important elements of this course and provide a de-brief of what was covered in a quick manner.

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