Intro to sUAS - Public Safety

Public Safety

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) have unique implications for public safety personnel. Drones can put eyes and ears on the ground and in the air in scenarios that would be impenetrable or life-threatening to personnel. This technology has the potential to extend your team’s abilities while improving the safety of everyone involved in an emergency. This 24-hour course is comprehensive, hands-on training that helps translate this potential into action by providing information that impacts public safety and empowers you to make informed decisions during the planning stage – when you have the chance to maximize your return on investment.

To meet the specific needs of police, firefighters, and emergency management personnel, SkyOp has created this refined version of our Intro to sUAS course. Topics covered include flying multirotor & fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, commercial applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies. Additional public safety topics include uses for sUAS, videos & photos, post-processing, situation analysis for first responders, accident photos & assessment, large group monitoring & control, following a suspected criminal, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threat assessment, search & rescue, active fire situations, damage assessments, hostage situations, surveillance, and the creation of training videos.

Our unique indoor flight training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV) flying indoors without wind/weather through obstacle courses. This approach develops three primary skill proficiencies:

1. Dealing with flight system orientation
2. Depth perception
3. Flying without dependency on GPS

We’ve found these are the essential skills needed to create the safest, most proficient remote pilots anywhere! Also, we’ve shown time and again that these basic skills are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. This practice creates much safer, more capable pilots who can easily fly without GPS when necessary (lost GPS signal is a key factor in many drone crashes).

One of the most important considerations for police, fire, and emergency management crews is the FAA policies under which they will operate. In addition to flying under commercial FAA rules, public safety organizations may fly under a separate set of FAA regulations. Our specialized public safety course guides you through the process of understanding these alternatives and getting the necessary certifications.

To prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test including regulations; airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision- making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

The course includes a training quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator with a radio controller, a sectional chart, 50 FAA sample test questions, a workbook, a sample General Order, a copy of First to Deploy – Unmanned Aircraft for SAR & Law Enforcement by Gene Robinson, and 24 hours of instruction. Each student will receive a training certificate of completion.

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