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Drones Simplified: Municipal and Ecological Uses

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Drones Simplified: Municipal and Ecological Uses

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Salem State University: Digital Geography laboratory, 325 Meier Hall



This one-day, hands-on workshop will help you know what drones can do and what you need to know before you fly. The program emphasizes municipal and ecological uses of drones.

The central themes of the workshop are:

·To learn about the different types of drones available and what they can do

·To learn about the necessary software to fly drones and create imagery and videos

·To learn about the legal aspects of flying drones and the FAA requirements

·To learn how to get a Remote Pilot’s license

·To learn about additional needs, such as insurance

·To gain hands-on experience on how to set up a drone project, fly the drone, produce final imagery through various software packages

·To learn about how different departments in government and various organizations can use drones with special focus on municipal and ecological uses

Part of the day will include lecture and discussion and part of the day will include field work with hands-on exercises. By the end of the workshop you will have all the information necessary to set up a drone program for your town government or organization. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop will be taught by:

Dr. Stephen Young is a Professor specializes in remote sensing and environmental sustainability in the Geography and Sustainability Department at Salem State University. Dr. Young has worked with satellites for over 30 years with over a dozen publications. He has been flying drones and teaching with drones for the past three year and is FAA certified as a Remote Pilot.

Mr. Richard Ames is a GIS professional with over 25 years’ experience in the municipal and private sectors. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Cartography/GIS from Salem State, Mr. Ames holds a MA in GIS and International Development from Clark University.  Mr. Ames established Natick’s drone program and became an FAA certified pilot in September of 2016.

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 


In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting. 

Online Class Refund Policy:  In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge) no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information