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This Week’s Course Spotlight: Drones in Construction

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As a contractor, showcasing your work is one of the better ways to set yourself a part from the competition. Drones, can capture a vision of your work, that before would have been impossible to see. Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in our new course that focuses on Drones in Construction. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones at the job site.

How Can I Use Drones in Construction?

This course will answer the questions “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this 4-hour introductory course. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Surveying
  • Mapping
  • Site Selection
  • Inspections/pre-inspections
  • Project progress
  • Aerial photo documentation on the job completion
  • And much more!

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Real Life Example of Drone Use in Construction:

Let’s say a customer owns a three story hotel, and wants the roof inspected. You find out, there is no roof access, and it has a 12/12 pitch. You have two options, hire another company to come in with their equipment, which could take days to complete a full roof inspection costing extra time and money. Or take twenty minutes out of your day to fly a drone, equipped with a camera, up near the roof and complete a full inspection. Having the ability to inspect the roof by drone will not only save time and money, but it will also keep you and your crew safe from the dangers that come with steep pitch roof systems.

greg_macmaster_head_shotAbout the Instructor

Greg MacMaster spent 22 years as a Meteorologist for WPBN/WTOM (NBC) Traverse City, Michigan. During that time, he also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in Aviation Meteorology at Northwestern Michigan College. After retiring as a Meteorologist Greg served as a State Representative and represented the 105th District, from 2011 to 2014. Today Greg is the co-owner of Eagle-Eye Drone Service and preforms aerial imaging services for many industries, and teaches as a Certified FAA Instructor – Wings Program. He has accumulated over 2000 flights and 400 hours of flight operations in real estate construction industry

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Florida Contractors, 13 More Days Until Renewal

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Online Approved Continued Education for Florida Contractors

Builders License Training Institute has created six Florida state approved 14-hour renewal packages. Each course package includes Required Competency and Advanced Module so contractors will have an easy renewal.

  • NEW! Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design
  • Handicap Accessibility: Real World Applications
  • Weatherization and Renewable Energy
  • Construction Safety Standards
  • Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management
  • Efficient Project Management

Florida Contractors must renew their license by August 31st, 2016. Part of the renewal process is completing 14-hours of approved continued education. Along with submitting your renewal application to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), you must also include the renewal fee ($209.00 Active Individual, $259.00 Active Qualifying Business and $100.00 extra per delinquent).

Do I Have to Submit My Contractor Continuing Education Certificate to The State?

You don’t, but your provider does. Approved continuing education providers must submit all completed hours to the state so that they can be applied to your specific license. This is one of the many reasons choosing a high-quality training provider (such as Builders License Training Institute) is so important.

Featured New Course!

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses. Check out package #6 for an introductory course on Drones and how they are beneficial to the construction field.

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Drone Signals Are Being Jammed for Safety Purposes

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On July 13th, 2016 Utah approved a legislation that will allow authorities to disable drones that fly too close to firefighting operations. Recently drones have become a hindrance to firefighters while fighting forest and wild fires in the state of Utah. Five drone flights forced a firefighting aircraft to ground because they interfered with the airspace. Drones flying over industrial area

“Sen. Evan Vickers, of Cedar City, said that while the bill does allow firefighters or law enforcement to shoot and disable a drone, he doubts they’d do so because the unmanned aircraft fly so high and it would be difficult to do. Instead, fire officials or law enforcement officers are expected to use technology that jams signals to crash drones.” (abcNEWS.com)

On June 22nd, 2016 the FAA released that they will now incorporate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), otherwise known as ‘drones’ for commercial use. The FAA will now require people to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test as an FAA approved testing facility.

It is still unclear if the person(s) manning the drone in Utah was flying for commercial or personal use. Even if you are not looking to fly your drone commercially it is still important to know airspace regulations. The extra knowledge could keep you out of trouble and keep the skies safe for others. You’ll need to understand different types of airspace classifications and how to operate in them -there is a difference. Weather also plays a major factor in how and where you can operate safely. Federal Aviation Regulations that govern the airspace must be adhered to as well. It’s common sense blended with an understanding of Controlled Airspace, Weather, Regulations and best practices. It’s not as simple as plug and fly.

Certified Training Institute offers 6 courses on the Command Certification exam prep:

greg_macmaster_head_shotEach of our courses are taught by instructor Greg MacMaster, who is a Certified Drone/UAV Pilot.

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Approved Commercial Drone Training Now Available!

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If you’ve been waiting for the day when you are able operate a drone without having to acquire a pilot’s license, your day is about to become a reality! The FAA has just released how they will incorporate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), otherwise known as ‘drones’ for commercial use. In the past, you had to file a request for an exemption and have at least a private pilot’s license in order to operate a sUAS. For some, this has taken over a year to become approved. Now, all you’ll have to do is pass the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test at an FAA approved testing facility. The FAA will begin scheduling the tests around August 21, 2016, here is a complete list of Airmen Knowledge Testing Centers.

You’ll be sharing the airspace with millions of aviators, so knowing what the airspace rules are when operating will help keep you out of trouble and keep the skies safe for others. You’ll need to Pilsen, Czech Republic - March 17, 2015: Drone quadrocopter Dji Phantom 2 with didital camera GoPro HERO4 Black edition. New tool for aerial photo and video.understand different types of airspace classifications and how to operate in them -there is a difference. Weather will play a major factor in how and where you operate safely. Federal Aviation Regulations that govern the airspace need to be adhered to as well. It’s common sense blended with an understanding of Controlled Airspace, Weather, Regulations and best practices. It’s not as simple as plug and fly.

Here’s a summary of the new rules: http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf

and the 600+ page document that details everything: http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/RIN_2120-AJ60_Clean_Signed.pdf

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Don’t be overwhelmed, Certified Training Institute (CTI) has a fantastic online course that will not only help you to be a safe operator, but prepare you to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge exam so you can become a commercial drone pilot. Once you take the course, you’ll see a very similar format that was just proposed by the FAA. That’s because it was modeled after the CTI sUAS course which became available in early April 2016 and submitted to the FAA sUAS division for recommendation. There’s even 2 sample FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test Banks to help prepare you to pass the actual FAA test.

greg_macmaster_head_shotMy name is Greg MacMaster, and I’m an instructor, who has accumulated over 2000 flights and 400 hours of flight operations in real estate and the construction industry. My course will take you through the pros and cons of operating a drone in your industry and then takes you to the next level to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

So, to summarize; the FAA will be gearing up for millions of new willing sUAS pilots ready to take the test and become commercially certified starting August 21st, 2016. Will you be ready?

Get a jump on your competition and sign up for Commercial Drone Pilot Training today!

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Massachusetts Contractors, Check Out Our New Drones In Construction Course!

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Part of the renewal process for all contractors in the state of Massachusetts, is completing approved continued education. Unrestricted contractors must complete 12-hours of continued education, while Restricted contractors must complete 10-hours of required CE. The Builders License Training Institute has 6 fully approved 12-hour contractor renewal packages, one of which touching on the one of the hottest topics to hit the air waves.

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I’m a Builder. Why Do I Need to Know About Drones?

Once used exclusively for military purposes, drones are now utilized in a variety of industries, including construction. Drones in Construction is a highly informative course showing the many uses of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the building and housing industries.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, for instance; survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses. Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to navigate and designed for students to work at their own pace and around their busy work schedules. Our 12-hour Unrestricted Construction Supervisors 12-Hour Course Package #6 package is all you will need for this year’s licensing cycle including a 6-hour Required Competency course. get started today button
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Louisiana Contractors, Mix Things Up with Your Continued Education This Year!

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Louisiana Contractors are required to complete 6 hours of approved continued education each year. Contractors must renew their license every year on December 31st. Builders License Training Institute is now offering a 3-hour online course on the biggest topic in the construction industry, Drones.

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I’m a Builder. Why Do I Need to Know About Drones?

Once used exclusively for military purposes, drones are now utilized in a variety of industries, including construction. Drones in Construction is a highly informative course showing the many uses of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the building and housing industries.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, for instance; survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses.

I really liked your course and the way it was set up.  I’m not good at computers and it was easy to use. The course was interesting. I can relate to the information and will use it.”

George Jacobs from Thibodaux

Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to use and designed for students to work at their own pace and around busy work schedules. Our 3-hour Drones in Construction course also comes with a printable Certificate of Completion that students will use to mail in to the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

 

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Florida Contractors, Learn Something New for Your Continued Education!

Commercial filming of building industry. New flying Chroma Blade drone

Florida Contractors must renew their licenses by August 31st 2016. Part of the renewal process is completing 14-hours of approved continued education. The Builders License Training Institute has 6 fully approved 14-hour contractor renewal packages, one of which is touching on the one of the hottest topics to hit the air waves.

Drone-Logo-for-CTI-website

I’m a Builder. Why Do I Need to Know About Drones?

Once used exclusively for military purposes, drones are now utilized in a variety of industries, including construction. Drones in Construction is a highly informative course showing the many uses of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the building and housing industries.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry. For instance, survey and mapping; marketing and advertising; and security are just a few.

Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to navigate, and designed for students to work at their own pace and around their busy work schedules. Our 14-hour Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design package is all you will need for this year’s licensing cycle including a 6-hour Required Competency course.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, for instance; survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses.  Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to navigate and designed for students to work at their own pace and around their busy work schedules. Our 14-hour Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design package is all you will need for this year’s licensing cycle including a 6-hour Required Competency course.