Public Safety Drone Training Courses

Our sUAS Clients Include

LACRTC has trained over 195 different local, State and Federal public service agencies in sUAS operations.
Department of Homeland Security
California Office of Emergency Services
Federal Bureau of Investigations
Los Angeles Police Department
California Highway Patrol
New York Police Department
Los Angeles Fire Department
Phoenix Police Department

Advanced Operators Course

The class consists of three days of intensive scenario-based, hands-on, and precision flight training designed to increase piloting skills and to provide students with the ability to operate in almost all sUAS environments.  Students will be exposed to the equipment, tools, and techniques necessary to make their sUAS program fulfill the desired mission sets.

Students are guided to deeply examine all of the potential applications of unmanned aircraft and how that may fit at their respective agencies.  This provides a crystal-clear understanding of the UAS agency objectives so that all efforts directly support effectively implementing the identified mission sets.  The remainder of the curriculum is focused on precision flight and scenario-based exercises. 

Basic Pilots Course

The UAS Basic Pilots Course is a 16 -hour program of instruction designed specifically and ONLY for agencies that already have an established UAS program and are flying missions with protocols and a comprehensive policy in place. The curriculum is focused on piloting skills coupled with training in UAS safety and general UAS program operations. Each student will receive a minimum of eight hours of flight instruction as a member of a UAS deployment team and log at least 2 ½ hours of actual flight time with a UAV. All instruction will be consistent with the FAA’s current rules and regulations.

Counter-Drone Measures

Drone attacks are occurring almost daily across the globe.  These low-cost, high-tech, and easily weaponized aerial vehicles can cause terror just about anywhere.  This 2-day course provides students with the latest technology and tactics to prevent and respond to rogue drone activity or actual attack

FAA 107 Ground School

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires commercial UAV pilots to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test for the Remote Pilot Airman (Part 107). This class was created for public safety to prepare them, and then provide them, with the required FAA test.  This course begins online with content assembled by experts who are familiar with the FAA test material.  The online portion is self-paced but follows a progression of information with due dates to aid in completing the material in a timely manner.  The class culminates with an in-classroom review just prior to taking the FAA test.  The course is taught by FAA Certificated Flight Instructors to ensure the highest level of expertise.

UAS Crime & Accident Scene Investigations Mapping

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the 3D Mapping software applications are emerging as extremely accurate and efficient tools for crime and accident scene documentation and enhanced investigations.  It is remarkable to consider that if it can be seen with the naked eye, enhanced magnification, thermal imagery, or with an infrared camera, it can be almost perfectly preserved forever.  This new technology is changing how we can best serve the public.

Tactical Operators Course

This two-day course capitalizes on the significant experience of the professional UAV pilots that make up the instructor cadre.  Course instructors are among the first in the world to train with the LOKI 2 Tactical UAV. We are fortunate to have public safety UAV experts who are flying missions for their agencies on a regular basis.  They are able to provide the most comprehensive scenario-based, hands-on training designed for the operational use of tactical indoor UAV’s.

sUAS Managers Course

This course starts by guiding students to fully realize all of the potential applications of unmanned aircraft, and specifically how that may fit at their respective agencies. The result is a clearer understanding of the UAS agency objectives so that all of the efforts that follow directly support the effective implementation of the identified mission sets. Attendees examine current laws and regulations and develop an understanding of preemption, as it pertains to federal regulations. 

Next students evaluate the suitability of their operational area for UAS missions by examining political support, airspace, terrain, weather patterns, training requirements, safety management systems, funding sources, and operational time periods. Students develop strategies to address privacy and civil rights issues for implementation prior to the use of UAVs to minimize fear and misunderstanding.

Nighttime Operators Course

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) are powerful tools for first responders.  However, nighttime operations add complexity that requires specific training and equipment.  The FAA maintains that an “applicant must assure all required persons participating in the small unmanned aircraft operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.”

In this course, students identify night visual illusions and the physiological degradation occurring in darkness, then develop mitigating strategies.  Students use state-of-the-art equipment to perform nighttime UAS operations couched in reality-based public safety mission sets

Program Operators Course

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Operators Course is 32 hours of instruction designed to provide organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to properly maintain or create an aviation program based on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms. Each student will receive a minimum of eight hours of flight instruction as a member of a UAS deployment team and log at least 2 ½ hours of actual flight time with a UAV. 

All instruction will be consistent with the FAA’s current rules and regulations.  Successful graduates will be qualified to operate under the FAA’s Public Use provisions and have the ability to apply for FAA Certificates of Waiver for those instances that do not conform to Part 107.

Program Creation to Implementation

The Los Angles County Regional Training Center’s mission is to provide public agencies with the highest quality and most cost-effective training available.​

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