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Accredited Professionals Sharing Their Knowledge, Experience and Skills

PLEASE NOTE: Additional trainers may be added for 2020 training

Colin Romberger, M.S.

Chief Flight Instructor for DARTdrones

Colin Romberger graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as one of the first five students to earn a Master’s Degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, with a focus in Flight Operations and Systems Design.

Colin also holds multiple FAA Airman Certificates for manned aircraft operations. Colin was a skydiving instructor for multiple years with over 1500 recorded jumps and runs a sUAS services company focusing on mapping and inspections.

At DARTdrones, Colin is responsible for ongoing instructor development initiatives as well as the coordination of sUAS Operations Consultation Services tailored to the specific use cases and operating environments of our corporate clients. He has consulted with numerous companies and organizations on their use of sUAS for a cross section of purposes.

Ben Jarrett

Flight Operations Manager

Ben Jarrett is an accomplished UAS operator and experienced flight operations manager.

Since its inception in early 2017, Ben has managed all UAS operations for Geomatix. He has personally logged hundreds of hours of fly time for multinational enterprise customers and has planned, managed and overseen hundreds more.

With a focus on data quality and precision deliverables, Ben ensures that all Geomatix UAS work products are easy for clients to consume and contain data of the highest caliber.

Chris French, C.E.G.

Registered Geologist

Chris French, C.E.G. has nearly four decades experience serving the public and private sectors in earth and environmental science with a present focus on site remediation and redevelopment in the Fortune 100 corporate sector.

Previously, Mr. French worked in precious metals exploration and water resource assessment using aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing techniques. He holds a B.A. in Geology from Amherst College and an MS degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.

He earned a certification in Geomatics and Remote Sensing from Rutgers and is a State of California Certified Engineering Geologist and Registered Geologist. He serves as an industry advisor to the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association and is member of the Leadership Circle for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Lodgings - The YBRA Geology Field Station

The YBRA camp has three types of accommodations:

1) one or two room cabins with a bathroom and queen and twin beds,

2) one room cabins with queen and twin beds but no bathroom, and

3) small dormitories with 3 to 5 twin-size bunk beds but no bathroom.

Two wash houses with showers serve most camp occupants. The overall experience for those in cabins without bathrooms is similar to staying in cabins at a KOA campground.

Cabin assignments will be assigned on a first-come-first served basis with preference given to individuals with physical limitations.

For additional information about our accommodations, please contact us.

YBRA Geology Field Station Map

Included below is a custom YBRA Map of our our facilities.  This map includes clickable images and descriptions of the facilities, so be sure and take a look around. 

Proudly presenting our sponsors

YBRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that owns and operates a field station near Red Lodge, MT providing access for Earth Science courses and researchers to the diverse geological and ecological natural laboratory of the region.

Since our founding in 1936, we have played a vital role in the education of over 7,000 university students. For many, this experience was transformative and critical to launching successful careers in government, academia, and the resource and environmental industries. Annually, YBRA hosts 6 – 8 universities, a paleontological institute, and a variety of other groups totaling over 350 participants.

We also sponsor professional and community-centered symposia, workshops, seminars, and open houses. Our annual YBRA Symposium features leaders in their field who discuss current issues in Earth Science and industry.

YBRA has a long and exceptional legacy in supporting geoscience education. In celebration of our 80th anniversary, we launched a “Building Bridges” fund raising campaign to enhance and expand the educational experience of students.

We invite you to discover YBRA, get involved, and join us in empowering future generations of geoscientists.

DARTDrones is the national leader in drone training, consultation, and expert support for new drone pilots.

Their mission is to provide the highest quality training on Unmanned Aerial Systems to ensure the safe integration of drones into the national airspace.

DARTDrones has been working closely with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) to develop the Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP), the industry’s first drone certification program. They pride themselves on their friendly, knowledgeable, and expert flight instructors who offer a variety of experience in the aviation industry.

DARTDrones is an exciting team based in Scranton, PA and Salt Lake City, UT offering training courses throughout the United States.

Geomatix LLC leverages the latest advances in sUAS mapping and sensing solutions for the professional land survey, geotechnical, environmental, civil engineering and construction sectors.

With well over one hundred years of combined experience working with Fortune 500 companies in high risk environments, the founders of Geomatix increase their client’s ROI by expertly and safely operating unmanned vehicles to acquire highest quality auditable data and deliver actionable analysis at lower cost and cycle time while reducing institutional risk.

We design and implement solutions in this nascent innovative space by offering comprehensive, thoughtful UAS services aligned with your workflow.

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The YBRA is a non-profit organization that was established in 1930 to "further fundamental geological science and the training of students under exceptionally favorable conditions."

YBRA conducts geology and other applied field science in the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming.

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