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NATE/OSHA Certification Drone Tower Inspection Training

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First of all please be aware that the Drone Ground School has an excellent overview guideline article on Tower Inspection mission planning and execution!

https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/tower-surveying/

I will be attending a class in Ft. Collins, Co Mar 22 & 23, that provides training on using drones on cell tower inspection missions. Some of what Steve Fleming offers in this course includes drone flight simulator time and actual hands on flight time taking inspection pictures and video of his own 100 foot tower which has numerous different antenna and equipment installed. Digital copies of all your images and videos taken are provided for you use as marketing material as you pursue future paid inspection jobs. Steve is a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors and also a committee member working to establish industry guidelines for drone tower inspection training and safety concerns. He has over 30 years experience as a tower climber and installation worker plus he has developed techniques and is a certified tower emergency rescue expert and also trains others in this skill. He is also a licensed aircraft pilot as well as part 107 pilot. The 16 hour training course offers students, who successfully pass, both  an OSHA – ANSI – NATE compliant certification training on “Authorized Tower Person or Climber” AND “Tower Inspection Drone Pilot” certifications with ID cards.

http://technicalrescuesystems.net/tower-structure-inspection-osha-authorized-climber/

Of additional interest is that he is working with a tower inspection company that is developing applications for automated drone flight missions that are targeted for both wind farm and communications flight missions. One of their primary features is to include collision avoidance capabilities in their drone flight applications. The company is Red Mountain Scientific and additional information on their products can be found here.

https://redmountainscientific.com/

I expect that this training will provide me a better chance of getting my start in the field of providing aerial communication tower inspection services and getting paid too.

Here is a link to the recently completed NATE guidelines for using drones to complete safe communication tower inspections.

https://natehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/UAS-Operations-Document-2nd-Edition-Jan-2017-E-FILE.pdf

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