About the Camp

July 31 to Aug. 4, 2023

Drop-off: 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Pick-up: 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: The camp will be held on St. Mary’s University campus in San Antonio, Texas.

Cost: Free and lunch is included ($574 scholarships for each camper are sponsored by the Title V BEST grant)

  • Camp Topics

    • Introduction to drone concepts
    • Safe, legal, and ethical use of drones
    • Drone applications and careers
    • Introduction to drone operations and piloting
    • FAA TRUST Certificate
    • Pre-flight Checklists
    • UAS Weather
    • Flight Planning
    • Flight Logging

Pre-requisite: No drone piloting experience is required, but campers with previous experience will log more flight hours. Participants need typing (< 30 wpm at 85% accuracy) and basic computer skills. Experience in hand-eye coordination activities (sports, video games, art) is strongly preferred.

Drone Piloting Camp Description

This is a one-week camp at St. Mary’s University, focusing on drone technologies and drone pilot operations. The camp is limited to 12 students and is taught by FAA-Licensed St. Mary’s University professors. Preference is given to students in the 11th and 12th grades; however, students in the 9th and 10th grades are encouraged to apply.

The camp will be hosted in the St. Mary’s University Unmanned Aerial Systems Laboratory. Additionally, each camp will tour various technology laboratories around the St. Mary’s University campus. Students will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with provided lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in the Diamondback Cafe.

Campers will earn their FAA TRUST (The Recreational UAS Safety Test) certificates and learn various piloting skills including, but not limited to pre-flight checklists, airspace regulations, weather conditions, flight paths and mission planning, and an overview of topics for the FAA CFR 14: Part 107 small UAS general exam. Campers will learn pilot operations with the following drones: DJI Tello EDU, Parrot Bebop 2, DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro, and DJI Mavic 3 Cinema Pro.

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