learn how to fly professionally from the industry’s best drone pilots
Introducing Coastal Drone PRO – A ground breaking new series of courses taught by the industry’s best pilots
Our mission has always been to bring you the highest quality online drone training courses in the industry. We have partnered with some of the best around to teach you what it takes to be a professional drone pilot.
Learn what it takes to become a trusted drone inspections professional
Our Industrial Inspections course is meant to give you a fundamental understanding of what it will take to conduct drone inspections at a professional level. Setup, flight operations, safety culture, reporting, and what kinds of equipment you should be looking for are all part of this high-end online course for budding drone pro’s.
Meet Your Instructor
Courtland has worked with some of Canada’s largest enterprise clients, and knows what it takes to impress them. Courtland lives in Alberta, and has been a key player in the oil & gas aerial inspections industry since it began. He has also worked all over Canada including for some of BC’s largest industry clients such as BC Hydro.
Courtland has been flying drones professionally for years, and is excited to share is wealth of knowledge with you.
notable companies Courtland has worked with
“Do you want to become a professional drone pilot? Industrial Inspections, or any type of inspection for that matter is an essential skillset that employers and companies will be looking for. This course will teach you the fundamentals and theory behind successfully completing a drone inspections job, from start to finish. I haven’t left anything out, I am excited to hear how this will change your ability to find work throughout your career! Thanks for checking it out.”
Chapter 0 - Introduction
Chapter 1 - Safety
1.1 – Why Safety Matters
1.2 – Safety Management Systems
1.3 – The Importance of JSA and FLHA
1.4 – Safety Training and Relevant Certifications
1.5 – Safety Partnerships and Certificates of Recognition
Chapter 2 - Equipment
2.1 – Vehicle Needs and Wants
2.2 – Personal Protective Equipment
2.3 – RPAS Specific
2.4 – Analysis & Post-Processing
2.5 – Hardware Considerations
Chapter 3 - Job Considerations & Planning
3.1 – Scope of Work
3.2 – Managing Expectations
3.3 – Site Assessment and Operational Considerations
3.4 – Paperwork and Communication
Chapter 4 - Airborne Operations
4.1 – What to Expect
4.2 – Normal Procedures
4.3 – Airborne Considerations
4.4 – Emergency Procedures
4.5 – Importance of Data Confirmation
Chapter 5 - Reporting
5.1 – Inspection Footage & Inspection Report
5.2 – Balancing Air and Ground Footage
5.3 – Consultation of Certified Personnel
5.4 – The Importance of Repeatability
Here’s a quick recap of what’s included:
1 – Learn what it takes to become a trusted drone inspections professional from one of the best in the business.
2 – Fully online at-your-own-pace course delivery so you can learn when and where you want.
3 – Three hours of content from high-end video lectures, multi-media sections, quizzes and more!
4 – Recognized as one of the thought leaders in the drone education space, this course will look great on your resume as you build out your professional drone pilot skillset.
Coastal Drone Pro - Industrial Inspections
- Learn From the Best: Your instructor, Courtland Penk is an industry leading drone inspections professional with thousands of hours of flight time.
- Take Your Skills to the Next Level: Included in this course is everything you will need to learn how to conduct safe and professional drone inspections for any size client. No experience? No problem! This course will take you right from the ground up.
- Build Your Resume: Drone inspections is one of the fastest growing job categories for drone pilots. Put this skill on your resume and smoke the competition.
- You’ll be in Good Company: Over 8500 pilot enrolments into our courses!
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need certification?
Since June 1, 2019, anyone flying a drone outside in Canada which weighs more than 250g will require a pilot certification, regardless if the purpose of the flight is for fun or work. There are two types of pilot certifications – Basic and Advanced. The type of certitication you require depends on where you want to fly, and how close to bystanders.
What happens if I fly without certification?
Flying without a pilot certification can lead to hefty fines. Individuals caught flying without a license can face fines of up to $3000 for their first offence. For organizations, those fines can go up to $15,000! Worst case scenario is being charged with a criminal offence.
What kind of certification do I need?
There are two types of pilot certifications in Canada – Basic and Advanced.
1) BASIC is for flying in un-controlled airspace (far away from airports), and further than 30m from bystanders.
2) ADVANCED is for flying in controlled airspace (close to airports, and populous areas), and closer than 30m from bystanders.
If you are going to be flying frequently or for work, we recommend getting an Advanced certification. The Advanced certification gives the pilot the most freedom to operate
How hard are the Transport Canada pilot exams?
They are no joke! Transport Canada has some tricky questions in there, and it can get overwhelming. Taking our Exam Prep course is a great way to get yourself ready and confident to pass.
What is an RPAS?
RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. It’s the technical term for “drone” and it is the official government term you will see in any laws or regulations related to drones. Previously, Transport Canada referred to these aircraft as UAV so many provincial and municipal bylaws will still reference drones this way, but it means the same thing.
What are the restrictions for drones that weigh 249g or less?
You must not cause a hazard to people or their property while flying your drone. If you do, you can be subject to fines and/or criminal charges. We always recommend getting at least the basic pilot certificate regardless of drone weight as it will only help you stay out of trouble!