24 Oct Presentation at the IL GISA Conference
Unmanned Aircraft have the unique ability to capture high ground resolution imagery, providing the quality data that’s required for processing highly detailed orthomosaics, terrain models and 3D maps. Thus, this technology has drawn a great deal of attention from GIS Professionals. Automation and the integration of advanced stabilization has allowed nearly anyone to fly Unmanned Systems with little or no training. The recently established regulations governing the use of sUAS (Part 107) have established a Remote Pilot Certification, allowing previously non-certified pilots an opportunity to fly sUAS commercially. This certification requires the applicant to pass a knowledge test with no requirement to demonstrate any flying skill or proficiency. Despite this, it requires an operator with a professional skill set to fly both safely and legally. Earning an FAA Remote Pilot Certification is just the beginning. A professional Remote Pilot must also have the understanding of their system in order to capture the required data. More importantly, the professional Remote Pilot must be able to recognize problems with aircraft operations, isolate potential hazards and take steps to avoid mishaps that could result in catastrophic property damage or injury to people. This presentation will focus on the data gathering process from the pilot’s perspective and assess the need of establishing a high standard of performance for the Remote Pilot. We will examine the steps required to earn the Remote Pilot Certificate under Part 107 and how to attain and maintain the skills and proficiency of a professional Remote Pilot through a specialized pilot training program.