This course is presented by Ian Freemantle of Aerovision, who has many years of experience in RPAS and their use in the field of aerial mapping and surveying.

Students will be introduced to the various RPAS mapping platforms and cameras/sensors available on the market, the pros and cons of each, together with a basic understanding of their functionality. The course will include an in depth look at the workflow required for successful data capturing, including mission planning and flight planning. Students will also be taken through the basics of photogrammetry to achieve accurate orthomosaics and digital elevation models from aerial data. Finally, students will get an opportunity to experience a practical mission for the collection of aerial data.

RPAS (or drones) are a disruptive technology in the field of geomatics. As the technology improves it will become an essential tool for the professional surveyor or anyone interested in geospatial data. This course is aimed at providing these professionals with essential knowledge required to make informed decisions regarding equipment and basic workflow to obtain and process accurate and reliable aerial data.

  • Included in the course:
  • check Intro to Various Mapping Platforms
  • check RPAS Basics
  • check Functions of a Ground Control Station
  • check Mission Planning
  • check Flight Planning
  • check Flight Safety and Fail Safes For Multi Rotor and Fixed wing
  • check Cameras and Camera Settings
  • check Geo-tagging Images (including the use of RTK)
  • check Basics of Photogrammetry
  • check Types of deliverables/products and formats of data
  • check Useful software for processing and data representation
  • check Process from beginning to end
  • check Practical mission training
  • Pre-requisites:
  • check Drone pilots who want to operate commercially MUST hold a valid RPL or
  • check Advanced pilots who DON’T need basic flight manoeuvre training
  • check Students must provide their own camera and drone equipment
  • check Students must provide their own laptop for editing purposes

For more info on curriculum please contact us directly at or call Omar on 082 372 5964

What Our Clients Say

"Exceptional facilities and very detailed instruction. The practical training was fun and inspired confidence."

PG Harper

"I was on the introduction course and I think that this course needs to be included with every drone sold in SA."

SR. Fisher

"The flying was fun but I didn’t expect to learn about all the laws that must be followed. I definitely feel that I’m a safer hobbyist now."

Gerry vd Walt