We operate small unmanned aerial vehicles in accordance with FAA guidelines and regulations. Dr. Benjamin Heumann serves as the UAS Flight Program manager for Central Michigan University. Graduate students at the CGISci have been trained as observers and pilots. We have several active Certificates of Authorization (COAs) from the FAA and maintain insurance for all UAS operations. Our current fleet consists of a Leptron Avenger
helicopter-type UAV capable of autonomous flight with a payload capacity of 15 pounds (after batteries) and flight duration of 30 minutes. The Center for GIScience has used a variety of sensors including multispectral and hyperspectral.
Dr. Heumann has been an invited speaker at several profession UAV conferences speaking about the use of UAS for wetland and agriculture remote sensing, focusing on linking theoretical and practical aspects of remote sensing. He and his team have also been features on
NPR’s Environment Report.
The Center for GIScience can provide consulting and contracting UAV services, although availability may be limited by FAA regulations.