All in person workshops around the state have been postponed until the further notice. Please look for our virtual workshops and webinars starting in April.  

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This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop. No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:
•An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo
•A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations
•In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications
•sUAS project workflows, including
•Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices
•An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps
•Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations
•A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).
•Additional information is available at

Workshop Outcomes
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will:
•be prepared to take (and pass) the FAA’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (aka Part 107)
•have the knowledge to be able to identify applications that may be appropriate for sUAS data collection
•understand the steps required to conduct a commercial sUAS operations safely and legally
•be able to identify suitable platforms and sensors to support their application needs
•generate image mosaics, compatible with numerous software applications (including GIS, remote sensing, etc.) using drone imagery.

Workshop option #1: New River Valley
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Dates: June 19, 20, & 21, 2019*
​Price: $400.00 (working lunch is included for all 3 days*

Workshop option #2: Tidewater
Location: Hampton, VA​
Dates: Sept. 10, 11, & 12, 2019*
​Price: $450.00 (working lunch is included for all 3 days)

Workshop option #3: Northern VA

Location: Winchester, VA​
Dates: October 8,9, & 10, 2019*
​Price: $450.00 (working lunch is included for all 3 days)

Workshop option #4: Richmond

Location: Richmond, VA​
Dates: Oct. 22, 23, & 24, 2019*
​Price: $450.00 (working lunch is included for all 3 days)

*General agenda: Day #1 10:00 – 5:00 | Day #2, 9:00 – 5:00 | Day #3, 9:00 – 3:00 with working lunches

Online registration is required and is available After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).
Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee ( or Daniel Cross (