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Drones for Municipalities: What You Need to Know in Order to Fly! is a Course

Drones for Municipalities: What You Need to Know in Order to Fly!

Ended Oct 5, 2018

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Drones for Municipalities:  What You Need to Know in Order to Fly!

(Hands-on Workshop)

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Digital Geography Laboratory, 325 Meier Hall

Salem State University


This one-day, hands-on workshop will help municipalities learn the many aspects of how drones can help with municipal work and what you need to know before you fly. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned the information necessary to set up a drone program for your town government.

The central themes of the workshop are:

·        To learn about the current uses of drones for municipalities

·        To learn about the different drones and software currently available

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

·        To learn how to get a Remote Pilot’s license, and if is necessary to insurance


To gain hands-on experience with:

·        setting up a drone project

·        flying a drone

·        producing maps from drone imagery using various software packages


The day will include:

·        An introductory lecture and discussion

·        Flying a drone in the field

·        Hands-on computer mapping from drone data

This workshop will be taught by:

Dr. Stephen Young is a Full Professor of geography and specializes in remote sensing and environmental sustainability. 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 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.

All materials and refreshments are included.  A light lunch will be served.

For more information contact: Dr. Stephen Young (978) 542-6923