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Drone resources for students

Buckeyes, whether you're ready to start navigating towards a career in drones or you're just exploring this rapidly advancing technology, we're here to help. Below are many resources to guide you, from pre-flight to first flight to seasoned flyer. Plus, be sure to check out our drone courses linked here!

Resources to begin your journey as a drone pilot

Drone fleet

Our robust training fleet provides students the opportunity to build flight skills with a variety of drones. Scroll through the below images to review the fleet, then click each image to visit an externally linked training video or overview information.

Read campus statement on DJI drone restrictions and details on local data mode.

Ohio State drone fleet: Click photos for training video recommendations
Wingtra: WingtraOne Gen 2
Wingtra: WingtraOne Gen 2
Surveying tutorial
DJI: Phantom 4 Pro v2
DJI: Phantom 4 Pro v2
Debut Flight/Flight Modes
Mavic Mini drone
DJI: Mavic Mini
How to fly
Mavic 2 Pro
DJI: Mavic Pro 2
First flight beginner tutorial

Flight checklist

Suggested flying apps

  • Autel Sky: Flight software for Autel

  • B4UFLY: Provides airspace overview and restrictions

  • DJI Go 4: Flight software for Phantom 4

  • LAANC: Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, a collaboration between FAA and industry

  • Pix4d Capture: Mapping software for Phantom (account creation required)

    • Compatible with DJI

Suggested third party flying apps


  • DroneDeploy

  • DroneLink

  • Litchi

  • Pix4Dfields

  • Pix4Dmapper: Help with pix4d mapper

  • QGIS Desktop


Contact us

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