This class is for arborists, foresters and landscapers and anyone working at heights.  

Drones—or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs)—will soon become key tools for the tree care industry. Why? One look at a live feed from a RPA hovering over a tree and it’s easy to understand the value that a RPA can bring to tree care operations, at a fraction of the cost of traditional equipment. Rapid improvements in optics, miniaturization, technology and improved materials are making drones smaller, easier to operate, more affordable and more useful. But are they right for your tree care business or operation? We’ll explore whether RPAs can fit into your operation and assist in residential, commercial or municipal jobs.

Falling limbs - 'widow makers' have long been a danger to the community.  In a recent tragedy in Bendigo - the Coroner recommended more thorough inspections - see

We will give you a comprehensive understanding of your responsibilities as a drone operator, and teach you how to safely plan and fly them.  You will also see the range of commercial opportunities there are with RPA technology.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 3 Hours

What you will learn
  • Comprehensive understanding of your responsibilities as a drone operator.
  • Drone selection for arborist applications.
  • Basic photography and autonomous functions to get the best results
What you will get
  • Plain language instruction on how to safely fly a drone
  • Class notes
  • Plenty of flying time with the Phantom range of drones

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Your own drone if you have one
What to wear

Casual clothes

Appropriate for

Suitable for beginning drone users, farmers and contractors.



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With its headquarters in Western Victoria - we seek to provide opportunities for people living regionally to be part of exciting workshops and classes that typically might not be available.  We also seek to give people from cities and regional centres an opportunity to see some amazing places while growing a new skill.

Many of our classes are based at the Hamilton Insititute of Rural Learning (HIRL).  HIRL is an amazing venue spread across 15 acres and bordering a 100 acre Eastern Barred Bandicoot recovery enclosure.  It is the perfect place to connect in community and learn together. 

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Anyone participating in any classes or coming to any events at Skill Shop or organised by Skill Shop must agree to these terms and conditions.


  • Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into Skill Shop’s premises.
  • Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class or event organised by Skill Shop.

The Skill Shop provides classes taught by people with real industry skills.  Our classes are about participation, fun and learning.

Our classes are non-accredited, they don’t give you any ‘licences to drive’ so repeat after me……. I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by the Skill Shop.


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At the Skill Shop we do our very best to ensure all scheduled classes run.  Sometimes life happens and we may need to cancel if there is an illness or we just don’t get enough participants for the class.

We try to have at least 5 in any class – but if we have to cancel we’ll let you know via email and SMS as soon as possible.  A full refund or credit will be issued.


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14 August 2017 • Tree inspections with drones

Exspanded insight into drone technology. Highlight was hands on experience of actually flying a drone.