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There are dozens of UAS training programs out there - but the vast majority of them are not tailored for emergency management or public safety operations. Our courses are different. They are designed with emergencies and disasters in mind and focused on how to safely and effectively use unmanned aircraft in all kinds of incidents.

CDRP is part of the Florida SERT, and has utilized and managed UAS in a variety of scenarios, from small missing person searches to working recon and air operations on Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael. Let us teach you how to fly and operate effectively in these environments.

Courses


UAS Response Technician I/II

The Response Technician I/II courses were developed to deliver the quality of training necessary for UAS teams to operate in disaster environments.

UAS Program Management

Flying is the easy part. Keeping your organization integrated with operations and up-to-date on waivers, logs, and reports... while not buying junk. That can be complicated.

Disaster Mapping

Rapid mapping post-disaster is one of the key use cases of UAS in emergency management. Accomplishing this safely and effectively, while working with other resources, can be a challenge.

Additional Subjects

We also offer Part 107 Operations (in one, three, and five day versions), Night UAS Operations, and custom offerings. Let us know how we can help.

UAS Response Technician I and II

Training Program Based on Real-World Experience

The UAS Response Technician certification program consists of two hands-on courses - UAS Response Technician I (16 hours) and UAS Response Technician II (24 hours). At the end of the two courses, students will complete a written and a practical exam to earn the UAS Response Technician certificate. The courses can be taken in the same week, or you can split them up to better fit your schedule.

The program is designed to take existing UAS pilots and create safe, effective, professional operators prepared to work on incident scenes including major disasters. Coursework includes safety management systems, crew coordination, hands-on scenarios, and best practices for a variety of missions including search and rescue, law enforcement support, fire fighting, hazardous materials, and damage assessment. Each course includes homework, teachback modules, and a course workbook.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the professionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers, and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

UAS Response Technician I

Duration:   16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Base Price:   $450 per student (at your location, discounts available)

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System as well as the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels.
  • Determine personal minimums in regards to risk, including drug and alcohol effects, weather, and mission requirements utilizing a PAVE checklist.
  • Analyze issues with and risks to UAS operations created by conditions such as terrain, weather, obstructions, manned aviation, and airspace classification.
  • Evaluate all conditions for a UAS flight and make an appropriate "go/no-go" decision.
  • Identify appropriate locations and conditions to conduct UAS operations based on launch/recovery needs, airspace and regulatory factors, obstructions, terrain, and weather.
  • Plan a UAS sortie to accomplish a specific set of mission parameters given available resources.
  • Perform safe and effective UAS operations as part of a designated UAS crew.

UAS Response Technician II

Duration:   24 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Base Price:   $550 per student (at your location, discounts available)

Learning Objectives
  • Identify typical payloads of UAS and methods for integration into the UAS environment, including maximum takeoff weight and the impacts of payload on flight characteristics.
  • Determine appropriate UAS airframes, payloads, and communication systems based on mission requirements and conditions such as weather, traffic density, and terrain.
  • Determine an effective communications plan to include two-way communication as well as monitoring for situational awareness.
  • Describe procedures for obtaining emergency authorization to fly in controlled airspace or other FAA restricted locations.
  • Formulate plans for multiple unmanned aircraft and crews to operate simultaneously over or near an incident scene.
  • Apply land navigation techniques and technology as well as coordinate systems including United States National Grid (USNG) and latitude and longitude to identify, classify, and travel to locations on the ground.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate and apply UAS in nighttime conditions.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate a UAS in the following public safety mission types: damage assessment, route clearance, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement support, and surveillance/reconnaissance.

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UAS Program Management

Building a Program, Managing the Missions

Developing and managing a professional UAS program as part of a public safety or emergency management organization is a daunting task. The UAS Program Management course is a hybrid offering, combining online/distance learning with a traditional classroom experience.

The course delivers instruction on civil operations versus public aircraft operations, safety, pilot and resource management, training systems, and mission development and management. No flight experience is required for attendees.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the professionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers, and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

UAS Program Management

Duration:   16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Hybrid - 8 hours online, 8 hours classroom
Base Price:   $200 per student (at your location, discounts available)

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System, including 14 CFR Part 107, 14 CFR Part 91, 14 CFR Part 61, and Section 333 and Section 336 of Public Law 112-95
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Propose sample organizational policies
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System
  • Determine the mission and purpose of the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels
  • Demonstrate how UAS resources can be maximized within a single jurisdiction
  • Apply Resource Typing standards to UAS resources
  • Apply Civil UAS Operations versus Public Aircraft Operations for a specified UAS flight
  • Demonstrate understanding of safety management systems, including methods for implementation
  • Develop mission plans for single UAS resources, UAS teams/task forces, and mixed manned/unmanned operations
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple aircraft in a given airspace, including methods to enhance aircraft separation, as well as crew communication and coordination.
  • Recognize applicable missions and applications for UAS resources
  • Identify the levels of ICS/command and control structures that can influence UAS operations
  • Identify integration opportunities for UAS-produced data and products
  • Understand legal liability and culpability concepts as applied to UAS operations.

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Disaster Mapping

Mapping the Disaster Safely and Effectively

One of the biggest advantages of unmanned aircraft is the ability to quickly develop situational awareness and scene assessments using video, still images, or orthomosaics stitched from dozens of vertical photographs. In the past five years, the ability to quickly capture data and develop map and GIS products based on current conditions on the ground has exploded. Orthographic processing software such as Pix4Dmapper, Agisoft MetashapePro, and Pix4Dreact can take UAS imagery and create standardized format maps and layers for use in a variety of existing technologies. This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to quickly and safety create these products while integrating into the response and recovery operations.

Disaster Mapping

Duration:   16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Flights
Base Price:   $450 per student (at your location, discounts available)

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Part 107 Operations

Basic UAS Operations Training

CDRP offers several options for Part 107 operations training. Ranging from single day boot camps to 40 hour courses combining regulation knowledge and scenario based training, these courses cover all the material required to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command written exam. All 107 courses (except the one day) include hands-on flight segments as well as all course material, including textbooks.

Part 107 Operations Training

Duration:   8 to 40 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Flights
Base Price:   Varies - see current offerings

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Nighttime UAS Operations

Night UAS Operations

Flying at night is often a requirement for the public-safety or emergency management UAS operator. While provisions exist under 14 CFR Part 107 and Public Aircraft Operations for night operations, additional training is required (and always advisable). This course will familiarize students with the regulations requirements surrounding nighttime operations, as well as demonstrate techniques for mitigating risk to the aircraft and operator.

This course is eight hours long and includes both classroom and practical instruction. Students will fly UAS in daylight, evening, and nighttime conditions, and learn the hazards of nighttime operation as well as methods to mitigate those risks.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the experienced professionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers, and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

Night UAS Operations Course

Duration:   8 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights
Base Price:   $175 per student (at your location, discounts available)

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