Introduction to Aerial Thermography

Learn how to add aerial thermography capabilities to your toolbox for inspection applications and receive a certificate of completion to market to your clients.

 

"Drones can do just about anything the energy companies don’t want to send people to do."

Michael Blades, analyst for the research firm Frost and Sullivan

Why Thermal Imaging?

Thermal sensors are becoming smaller, lighter and less expensive and the applications for thermal imaging are continuing to take off. Whether inspecting HVAC units, wind turbines, cell towers, roofs, or finding missing people, thermal imaging is quickly becoming an invaluable tool for many companies.

Top Industrial Safety Applications:

  • Energy/Utilities – Solar Farms, Wind Turbines, Power Lines
  • Communications – Cell Towers, Radio Transmission Towers, Microwave Towers
  • Infrastructure – HVAC (Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning), Roofs

Top Public Safety Applications:

  • Search and Rescue – SARS
  • Hazardous Material Inspection – HAZMAT

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS CLASS?

UAV pilots and businesses who want to expand their service offerings to the next level by adding aerial thermography capabilities to their toolbox for inspection applications.

Fire, Law Enforcement, Public Safety & Emergency Response teams who want to integrate UAV technology for Search and Rescue, HAZMAT, Fire Command Control & 360-degree Aerial Awareness, Crime Scene Investigation, and other Emergency Response and Law Enforcement applications.



This course is a good fit for you if:

  • You have at least 15-20 hours sUAS operating experience.
  • You've flown larger systems with average takeoff weights of between 10 and 15 lbs (4.5kg-7kg).
  • You're comfortable flying in close proximity (<30ft, 9m) from obstacles, structures and terrain.

Our self-paced online training course will teach you:

  • About the theory behind aerial thermography and its specific benefits and challenges.
  • Thermal Sensor hardware options to help identify the best sensor for your application.
  • Configuring your flight information system to interpret thermal data.
  • Specific inflight considerations when operating a thermal payload.
  • Helpful tips for using aerial thermograph in the field.

Your Instructor


Brendan Stewart
Brendan Stewart

Brendan Stewart is a seasoned aerial thermographer and the Co-Founder and lead education program director at AeroVista Innovations (AVI). He oversees the engineering and pilot strategy for the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class UAV pilots to put AeroVista Innovations at the forefront of the industry. Brendan holds an FAA Sport Pilot Certificate, Remote Pilot Certificate, and has been flying model aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles since childhood, logging over 2500 UAV flight hours.


 

Class Curriculum


  Course Overview
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  Meet Your Instructor
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  Market Opportunities For Thermal Imaging
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  What Is Thermography?
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  Hardware
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  Software
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  Sensor Setup and Payload Mounting
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  Flight Considerations
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  Intro To Flight Planning
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  Post Processing Tools & Reporting (FLIR Tools)
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  Flight Operations
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  Building Your Business
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  Testing Your Knowledge
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  Thank You
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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a specific drone or thermal imaging sensor to benefit from this course?
No. While the course primarily uses DJI products (ZenMuse XT Thermal Sensor and DJI Inspire) there are a wealth of other aircraft and sensor configurations. The DJI Inspire and ZenMuse XT that are used during this training allow you to capture accurate thermal data relatively easily and are representative of the capabilities of the majority of aerial thermography systems.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Aerovista Innovations is a professional drone / sUAS training and flight services company based in the Chicagoland area. AeroVista Flight Services deliver solutions for aerial thermography and visual data capture, mapping, and 3D modeling, as well as aerial photography and videography. AeroVista Drone Academy offers UAV training and consulting services for commercial and public safety markets.

AeroVista Innovations has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV, and Builtworld’s All Hands on Tech and featured presenters at Interdrone, PWC, Google and other association and corporate events.