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AWR-406 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development


This is a 4 hour class. The second half of the day will be case studies in the application of what was learned in the morning session.

The goal of the USAPD course is to aid first responders and emergency agencies in the successful development, implementation, and sustainment of a department or agency’s small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) program. This course provides class participants with the knowledge and tools required for establishing sUAS program goals; deciding if an agency is best suited by sUAS operations options under 14 CFR part 107 or operating sUAS programs as a public aircraft operation (PAO); requesting waivers and airspace authorizations; and developing standard operating procedures (SOP). This course will provide first responders with an understanding of FAA regulations governing 14 CFR part 107 operations along with statutory requirements for public aircraft operations. The UASPD course also presents a review of Government agency sUAS program best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand FAA regulations for public aircraft operations.
  • Understand which operational options are most appropriate for their agency.
  • Identify best practices and SOP procedures.
  • Understand requirements for requesting waivers and airspace authorizations.
  • Identify aircraft and equipment options available.

Recommended Audience

  • Emergency management
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire service
  • Law enforcement

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