The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) at the University of Adelaide, is offering a commercial drone course leading to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA).
This five-day intensive RePL course is conducted on University of Adelaide campuses by a team of CASA-certified drone operators and trainers from the University.
All required theory and practical syllabus and requirements of CASA for a RePL.
Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC).
English Language Proficiency certification (ELP).
Textbook: Remote Pilot Licence RePL Study Guide by Bob Tait and Ben Harris.
Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is running two webinars on ‘Drones in Research’ this July. The webinars are free of charge and open to anybody who uses drones for research, or has an interest in doing so. They will be of particular interest to:
Researchers (academia, industry and government)
Data managers and data librarians
Data scientists, analysts, developers and technologists
Environmental and geo-scientific research data community
Research Office, Ethics Committee members and Legal Counsel for institutions
Webinar #1: An eye on legal, ethics, safety & privacy When: Thursday, 20 July 2017 at 12.30pm AEST (one hour duration) Description: When deploying drones for research, it is important to be aware of legal and privacy issues under current Australian law, and have an understanding of public safety and community attitude.
Speakers:Melanie Olsen, AIMS – A requirement of special licensing from CASA for drone use – Des Butler, QUT – The privacy implication of using drones under current Australian law – Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University – Drones and geospatial data: A look at the legal and ethical issues [IP and copyright].
Webinar #2: Rise of drones in the Australian research space When: Thursday, Thursday 27 July 2017 at 12.30 AEST (one hour duration)Description: This second webinar brings together researchers and data specialists from various disciplines to showcase their drone applications and data expertise, and to share knowledge to enhance research capabilities.
Speakers:Siddeswara Guru, TERN – Making drone data open for scientific research – Kim Bryceson, QUT – Automation of drone data capture in agriculture and development of GIS data library – Third speaker TBC.
The webinars are free, however, registration is required.
Both webinars will be recorded. If you can’t attend, please do register and ANDS will send you the recording and additional links.
The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) and ANDS are part of a community of facilities supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The NCRIS network currently supports national research capability through 27 active projects and is comprised of 222 institutions employing well over 1,700 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers. NCRIS facilities are used by over 35,000 researchers, both domestically and internationally.
This year the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) partnered with the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) at the University of Adelaide to provide improved phenotyping capabilities to support Australian plant and agricultural scientists.
The researchers use sensors on board remotely piloted aircraft to monitor plant growth and vigour for agricultural and ecological research. Platforms range from multi-copters to fixed wing aircraft, carrying cameras and multispectral and thermal sensors. Imagery captured produce GIS (geographic information system) layers used to integrate with field data to further develop relationships between plant growth, environmental conditions and plant treatment. The potential to measure parameters on field trials such as establishment, height, biomass, stress and nutritional status can be explored using this technology.
A recent episode on the youth science television show ‘Scope’ features the APPF field phenotyping capacity with Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran from the research team demonstrating the use of drones to investigate wheat tolerant of sodic soils. You can watch the episode here (the story commences at 16 min 19 sec)… https://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/scope/season-3/episode-131
Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran demonstrating field phenotyping