Course Description

Operate your drone in the dark

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Students learn the basics of night operations and thermal imaging utilizing small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Led by certified thermographers, this course provides an overview of regulations pertaining to flying UAS after dark, discussion regarding how to perceive the operating environment safely during nighttime operations, and lessons on the fundamentals of accurate thermal imaging and data interpretation. Various aircraft (such as the DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire, DJI Matrice 200 and DJI Matrice 210) are used during individual hands-on flight training sessions.


Note: An FAA remote pilot certificate (part107) is required to take this course. If you do not have an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate, please consider registering for our Professional Drone Pilot: Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep. In addition, each student must successfully have completed either the Foundations of Flight course or have at least 5 hours of recorded flight time on any sUAS

Course Outline

Day One - Night Operations

  • Course Welcome and Introductions
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Physiological Considerations for Night Flight
  • Flight Planning
  • Nighttime Crew Assessment and Preparation
  • Aircraft Configuration for Night Operations
  • Landing Zone for Night Operations
  • Flight Session 1: Basic Flight Controls 
  • Flight Session 2: Visual Orientation vs. Instrument Orientation
  • Flight Session 3: Distance Determination 

Day Two - Thermal Imaging

  • Thermal Camera Options
  • Limitations of Thermal Imaging
  • Thermal Display and Data Interpretation
  • Flight Session 4: Heat Signatures and Isotherms
  • Thermal Mapping
  • Flight Session 5: Thermal Mapping

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand regulations pertaining to night operations and the application process for relevant waivers.
  • Understand physiological factors affecting night operations.
  • Understand advantages and limitations of thermal imaging.
  • Interpret thermal data accurately.


Professional Drone Pilot Training programs are conducted by FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilots from Adam Ringle Consulting (ARC), a Delaware-based industry leader in UAS training. 

Who Should Participate?

  • First responders (police, fire, rescue personnel)
  • Investigators
  • Insurance adjusters and real estate agents
  • Reporters, film makers, producers, photographers, marketers, web designers
  • Engineers, construction professionals, roofers
  • Accident scene investigators
  • Site and structure inspectors (tower, roofing, building, land surveyor, electrical line, oil and gas fields, agriculture)
  • Construction estimators and project managers
  • Aerial photographers
  • Anyone interested in starting a UAS-based business
  • UAS freelancers
  • Emergency management professionals (federal, state and municipal level)
  • Any other professionals or hobbyists using UAVs


This program is available for onsite group training only. In addition, we can create a customized drone training program based on your needs. For more information or to request a proposal for on-site training, please contact us via the form below.

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