Drones Business Architect

We can no longer ignore it. The infinity of possible applications with drones will have a significant impact on our daily lives. Numerous industries, sectors and organizations are increasingly deployed to support their own processes. Drones are often faster, safer and cheaper than the traditional methods of, for example, performing inspections, deliveries or other repetitive or inefficient tasks.

The number of specialized courses in this domain is still very limited. With this post-graduate Drones Business Architect, we want to fill that gap between what the industry demands and education facilities offer today. The unique training consists of four modules: drone aviation and legislation, drone technology, drone business innovation management and drone cases. This unique postgraduate degree is supported by the Province of Limburg and DronePort.


The training starts on the 1st of October 2019, every Tuesday or Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm (some modules are given on the same day, see calendar below). The registration fee for the entire course is 1,350 euros. You can also register for individual modules. The ‘Aviation’ and ‘Technology’ modules cost 300 euros, the ‘Business’ module costs 225 euros and the ‘Cases’ module costs 675 euros.


In the ‘Aviation’ module, students explore the general regulations in the aviation sector and aircraft technology. Weather conditions are crucial for flying with drones, so meteorology is also covered extensively. We also zoom in on basic navigation in the airspace and learn to read aviation maps. We look at the law on privacy and the new European legislation on drones. And if you ever would like to become a drone pilot yourself, we will provide the correct guidelines in addition to an initiation flight with a drone.


Group 1 Group 2 Topic Teacher Organisation
1/10/2019 1/10/2019 Air law Michael Maes EuroUSC-Benelux
8/10/2019 8/10/2019 Meteorology Joeri Gerrits PXL Digital
15/10/2019 15/10/2019 Meteorology Joeri Gerrits PXL Digital
22/10/2019 22/10/2019 Navigation and aviation charts Joeri Gerrits PXL Digital
05/11/2019 05/11/2019 Principles of Flight & Aircraft General Knowledge Miguel Pittevils MiPi Drones
12/11/2019 12/11/2019 The new European Drone Legislation Michael Maes EuroUSC-Benelux
19/11/2019 19/11/2019 Drones in action Guy Verhoeven DR-ONE

A well-founded view of what drones are and what they are capable of now and in the near future is discussed in the ‘Technology’ module. The students are introduced to different types of drones, cameras, sensors, batteries, … The various applications and research programs are also extensively discussed. We zoom in on themes such as automatic and autonomous flying, drones and artificial intelligence, edge computing, end-to-end security, swarming, GDPR, etc. Together we visit a renowned drone trade fair in Amsterdam in December.


Group 1 Group 2 Topic Teacher Organisation
26/11/2019 28/11/2019 Intro
Drone types & drone hardware overview
Tim Dupont
Bart Theys
PXL Digital
KU Leuven
03/12/2019 05/12/2019 Fixed wing drones theory & practice Bart Theys KU Leuven
04/12/2019 06/12/2019 Amsterdam Drone Week Marijke Sporen
Seppe Oyen
PXL Digital
10/12/2019 12/12/2019 Rotary wing drones theory & practice Bart Theys KU Leuven
17/12/2019 19/12/2019 Data Sensor Gathering, Sensor processing, SLAM, Lidar, Vision, people traffic streams Nicky Eichmann Cegeka & PXL SmartICT
07/01/2020 09/01/2020 Model training, AI, RL, edge computing/ Technological challenges and limitations in 5 well defined business cases in Construction Nicky Eichmann / Bjorn Geuns Cegeka & SmartICT/ Code Gorilla
14/01/2020 16/01/2020 Technological challenges and limitations in 5 well defined business cases in Construction Bjorn Geuns Code Gorilla
21/01/2020 23/01/2020 Oral exam module ‘Technology’ / /


How to build a drone business? This question is answered within the ‘Business’ module. We help you to discover drone opportunities or better estimate the feasibility of using a drone solution. The transformation of business processes through the use of drones is also discussed extensively. And of course we thoroughly explain the translation to external and internal stakeholders.


Group 1 Group 2 Topic Teacher Organisation
28/01/2020 28/01/2020 Business cases – pitch preparation + drink Mark Vanlook / Marijke Sporen EUKA / PXL
04/02/2020 06/02/2020 Offering value to the right customer: the value proposition canvas

Prof. dr. Pieter Vandekerkhof

Mark Vanlook



11/02/2020 13/02/2020 Turning the business opportunity into a viable business model: the business model canvas

Prof. dr. Pieter Vandekerkhof

Mark Vanlook



18/02/2020 20/02/2020 How to pitch your business opportunity

Marc Beenders

Mark Vanlook

Limburg Startup


The concluding module ‘Cases’ comprises the discussion from a to z of several elaborated cases. There is sufficient space provided to elaborate your own idea in a small group under supervision of the teachers from the different modules. With DronePort as a unique location, you are in the ecosystem to work out your idea surrounded by inspiring experts and perhaps make it fly in the air …


Group 1 Group 2 Topic/case Teacher/speaker
03/03/2020 03/03/2020 Imec (2 cases)
Jan Adriaenssens
Andres Vanswalm
Stijn Burm
10/03/2020 10/03/2020 DroneMatrix (2 cases)
Flanders Make
Frederik Winters
Christophe Bruynseraede
17/03/2020 17/03/2020 Code Gorilla
Bjorn Geuns
Tom Snyers
24/03/2020 24/03/2020 Lugus
PC Fruit
Kevin Haelterman
Dany Bylemans
31/03/2020 31/03/2020 Own case /
21/04/2020 21/04/2020 Own case /
28/04/2020 28/04/2020 Own case /
05/05/2020 05/05/2020 Own case /
12/05/2020 12/05/2020 Own case /
19/05/2020 19/05/2020 Own case /
26/05/2020 26/05/2020 Own case /
03/06/2020 04/06/2020 Final presentations /


DETAILED Course Content

In this document you can read a detailed overview of the course content per module.


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