Officially licenced drone pilot in the CDT

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This summer, I was fortunate to use my RTSG to undertake a course with the Drone Pilot’s Academy to acquire my A2 CofC and GVC drone licenses. With airborne photogrammetry a critical component for my research, it was incredibly exciting to undertake this course during my first PhD year (second within the CDT).


The residential course featured three jam-packed days of classroom tutorials, exams and several hours of UAV flights. This culminated in attaining my A2 CoC certification and the GVC theory certification, priming me for my upcoming flight assessment.


With the course providing food and accommodation, I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to socialise with other industry experts and academic researchers to hear how they plan to use their license in commercial projects, product development and research projects.


The acquisition of my drone license will allow me to fly UAV’s and acquire thermal data of historic buildings, notably roofs, chimneys and inaccessible areas. Furthermore, maintaining my drone qualifications will allow me to develop new skills, explore a range of new datasets and bolster my future career aspirations