Practical drone pilot training for environmental monitoring

The 3-day training was a great refresher for NES staff Mura Herman and Benjamin Maxwell as 4 models of DJI drones were used to execute manoeuvres and set up to collect high-definition imagery for analysis for crop and vegetation.
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Drone Technology NZ pilot instructor Mr Ben Plummer led a hands-on in-person flight training of drones. Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in collaboration with ADB (Asia Development Bank) funded the training. Staff from MOA, Infrastructure Cook Islands and the National Environment Service attended the training. 

Instructor Mr Plummer incorporate the disciplines required of manned aviation into the drone world with safety sessions and using checklist procedures when operating here in the Cook Islands.  

The 3-day training was a great refresher for NES staff Mura Herman and Benjamin Maxwell as 4 models of DJI drones were used to execute manoeuvres and set up to collect high-definition imagery for analysis for crop and vegetation. The program “Drone deploy” was used for the analysis and “MOA Maverick II” drone to ensure more staff were able to use the full potential of software’s available and on hand after the training.

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