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Picking a Drone: Job Performance vs. Cost


Unbiased, free guide to buying a commercial drone for your business

Instructor: Keven Gambold

Subjects: Other Technology: Drones, Other Technology: Wind Energy, Solar: Inspection, O&M

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416 students have taken this course


Drones are an inexpensive and amazing tool for doing inspections, site surveys, marketing, training, and a lot more. This free lecture will help you identify which drones are best suited for the job and about how much it will cost.

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HeatSpring does not sell drones and we have no monetary connection to the vendors - this is an unbiased guide to buying a commercial drone for your business.

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Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

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Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.

Top Notch. Good overview. Pricing info helpful. Glad you included the snippet about DJI products restricted around some U.S. government properties.

- Greg Veldey

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Keven Gambold

CEO, Unmanned Experts

Keven Gambold (Squadron Leader RAF, Ret.) completed 21 years of active duty service with the Royal Air Force as a front-line combat pilot. After over 1500 hours in Tornado GR4 fast-jets, including active participation in all recent multi-national conflicts, Gambold joined a Combined Predator Task Force logging over 1500 hours of unmanned combat missions and two...[more]

Course Outline

Introduction to Drones in Renewable Energy

Background reading to understand the role of drones in the renewable energy industry.

  • Introductions, Questions & Answers (Text)
  • "Using Drones to Speed Up Solar Utility Inspections" (5 min. read) (Resource)
  • "Renewing Drone Inspection" (7 min. read) (Resource)
Picking a Drone: Job Performance vs. Cost

  • Lecture - Picking a Drone: Job Performance vs. Cost (35:15 min) (Video - 35:15 minutes)

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