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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Ground School and Flight Training  

This dynamic course will address the various demands confronting law enforcement’s use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) during high and medium risk operations. Hands-on exercises and group scenarios geared towards safely completing the mission will enable you to immediately apply the concepts you learn during the lecture portion of class.

After a thorough introduction to the history, philosophy and justification for UAVs in law enforcement applications, we will focus on safely working within the National Airspace System (NAS) and the strict Federal Regulations that will govern your daily operations. You will learn proper communication protocols with the local FAA tower, how to file necessary NOTAMS, proper procedures to request Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), and various mandated administrative functions.

Integrated ground instruction will cover controls, avionics, batteries, safety and procedures, systems, maintenance, setup, FAA regulations and compliance, records and log books, aircraft registration and markings. You will learn how to use the UAVs to assist with crash reconstructions, crime scene and disaster photography as well as hostage and high risk scenarios.

Topics Include (but are not limited to)

  • FAA 333 Exemption
  • FAA Part 107
  • UAV Integration/Operations within National Airspace System (NAS)
  • National Airspace System overview
  • Flight restrictions and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)
  • Political realities
  • Weather and micro meteorology
  • Multi-rotor flight dynamics, maneuvers and theory
  • Weight and balance
  • Operations and limitations
  • Crew coordination and communications
  • Emergency operations
  • Aeronautical decision making and judgment
  • Communications
  • Physiological effects of drugs, alcohol and fatigue
  • Maintenance requirements


Officers, supervisors and command staff personnel who wish to transition to UAV Operations or become UAV Specialists - Class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those personnel assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.

Course Length

40 hours

What to Bring

Students are encouraged to bring their Department’s sUAV/sUAS, control station and extra batteries to class for the practical portion. For the students that are flying in, the sUAV/sUAS can be checked in as luggage. You may ship your equipment in advance via FedEx or UPS. Contact John Nunes (202-517-0605) with any shipping related questions.


This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.


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