Prior to passing the Federal Aviation Administration’s airman knowledge test and earning his FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate, Brian Wagner’s roof inspections entailed daylong undertakings that required renting expensive equipment and enlisting the assistance of co-workers. Since passing the exam on his first try, this entire process has been reduced to about two hours for Wagner, a project manager for the Belcher Roofing Corporation in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, and can be done by himself without his feet leaving the ground.

Wagner participated in the initial Professional Drone Pilot Training program offered by the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) in March. Led by certified flight instructors from DARTdrones, the two-day program provided comprehensive flight training and prepared drone pilots for the FAA Part 107 exam. The class returns July 28 and 29 at Arsht Hall in Wilmington, Delaware.

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“We paid for our drone and the class with one inspection,” said Wagner. “Along with the dramatic savings in cost and time, it is much safer to do the inspections with a drone since we no longer need to have people climbing ladders and walking on roofs.”

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