Ag Drone School

We are back - Alberta & Saskatchewan this fall, the rest of Canada next spring

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Harvest has been progressing more rapidly than any of us expected after recent wet falls, so we're rolling out our schools to you this fall. Our class deals with every aspect of productive, safe, and legal use of unmanned aerial vehicles by farmers & agronomists. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing of Vegetation

  • NDVI and other vegetative indexes

  • Data accuracy: sensor types and calibration

  • Future of crop imaging ... hyperspec, thermal, machine learning

  • From fly to apply: software workflows

  • Use cases: the many uses of drones on farms

  • Knowledge Requirements for Small Basic Operations:

    • ​Air law, air traffic rules and procedures

    • RPAS airframes, power plants, propulsion and systems

    • Human factors

    • Meteorology

    • Navigation

    • Flight operations

    • Theory of flight

    • Radiotelephony

Ag Drone School featured on CBC's The National

Your tuition of $590 covers:

  • 16 hours of classroom & practical instruction
    (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on two days)

  • a 1" binder full of handouts and reference materials

  • lunches and refreshments

  • Your very own training drone  
    (the DJI Tello is a small toy, but great for practicing at home so that your skills are fresh once crops emerge)
    - we highly recommend the Tello for practice, but if you don't need it we will gladly reduce the course price by $100

Thank you for your interest in Ag Drone School
 
Everyone is welcome at our Ag Drone School – we’ve enjoyed having everyone participate, from teenagers to retired agronomists, from government environmental agency staff to agtech entrepreneurs. You don't even need to have a drone -- only about ¼ of attendees already have an RPAS, many are just taking the course because they want to learn about it before purchasing anything.
But the vast majority of attendees are farmers and agronomists, and that’s exactly how we like it. During the course, we talk about the uses & limitations of this technology for agriculture and exactly how you would go about using the data. We'll discuss what is possible in vegetative remote sensing now and demonstrate exactly what sensors & software you would use on your farm.
 
Much of the teaching time, however, is dedicated to the regulatory requirements the federal government imposes. Since June 1, any operator of an RPAS over 250 grams is now required to have a certificate to operate the drone and must register it. For most farmers, a Basic Certificate is enough. For this reason, our in-person Ag Drone School will focus on delivering the Knowledge Requirements for "Small Basic" operations.
Some farmers and agronomists, however, may need to get an Advanced Certificate. This is the case if you will be operating your drone:
  • within 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) of any certified airport (as listed in the Canada Flight Supplement)
  • within 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) of any certified heliports
  • within controlled airspace (interactive map
For those wishing to get their Advanced Certificate, we offer a supplementary course through a combination of online learning and another full day in-person before taking your Flight Review. This option is only recommended for those that actually need an Advanced Certificate though, as it will be more intense learning and come at considerable additional cost. Our focus in the Ag Drone School will be on getting you prepared to pass your Basic test -- and helping you learn how to actually operate and maintain a drone.

Practical & Exciting

The classes are well-structured, but not heavy.  We include many real-world farm examples, opportunities for sharing, and practical elements to keep the workshop interesting. There will be plenty of time for interactive discussion and conversations. You will also have plenty of opportunity to actually fly -- we start you on the DJI Mavic line, but you will also have opportunities to fly larger aircraft.

 

Still not sure?

Check out the Western Producer article "Easy to use drones becoming crop tool", where several participants share how they will use UAV's in their businesses.  Or an article by the CAAR Communicator about our La Salle, Manitoba class: "How I learned to fly a drone".

 

Perhaps most importantly, by attending a regional course, you will have a group of peers supporting each other as you all start using UAV's in your businesses.

Questions? 

Call Markus Weber
at LandView

Learn & Fly Discount

Learn & Fly

up to 50% off

To encourage customers to fly legally, anyone who attends our Ag Drone School gets a one-time "Learn & Fly" refund of a portion of their registration fees when purchasing one of our packages:

  • 20% of registration fee refunded with any non-NDVI package

  • 30% with any NDVI or thermal package

  • 50% with any Matrice 300 RTK or Agras package

That's a refund of up to $295.  It doesn't matter whether you attended in the past or are registering now. Just remind us that you attended Ag Drone School when you place an order.