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National Public Safety UAS Conference

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Operations for Public Agencies


sUAS provides real-time video to assist incident commanders during large events to see areas that are not easily accessible by a person on the ground, providing an elevated visual perspective and accessibility at a significantly less cost than manned platforms.
At the end of this training, agency members should be able to safely and effectively integrate sUAS into their operations. The agency will have the information it needs to pursue its own sUAS purchase and to get its authorization. The agency will receive specific training on a variety of applicable aircraft for use during incident response.

UAS Operator Ground School

This class includes UAS operator ground school with instruction in the principles of flight, aircraft systems, airplane performance, flight operations, radio communication, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, the human factors associated with aviation, aviation weather and aeronautical charts. The current local, state and federal regulations governing the use of sUAS will be discussed. We will review the Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process and how to obtain federal authorization to operate UAS.

Introduction to sUAS and Technology

Introduces participants to sUAS technology, types of aircraft, sensors, maintenance and safety requirements and software to meet the specific needs of emergency and public safety agencies. Emphasis will be placed on the process to operate a small, unmanned aircraft safely and effectively in Virginia as a public agency. Included in the class are the uses of sUAS, cameras and sensors to use inflight, maintenance and safety requirements, flight software and software to process images, and new technology to meet the specific needs of emergency and public safety agencies.

Flight Demonstration and Hands-On Practice

Held in an indoor facility, participants will learn flight planning using aeronautical charts and maps, and be able to identify the area of interest, mission planning and execution. Step by step training from unpacking, readying aircraft, preflight, flight and post flight will be conducted. Participants will perform basic maneuvering in all modes -- lift off, hover (multirotor), fly to a point, return from a point, etc. Advanced maneuvering in all modes -- circle a point, fly to point --> identify --> return and report, figure 8s, small area touch and go’s, obstacle avoidance, etc. will be conducted. By the end of the session, participants will have learned deployment of aircraft, incident command interaction, establishing safe operating area, mission identification, flight planning for operation, execution of mission and post flight handling of data, incident command reporting, etc.

sUAS for Emergency Services and Public Safety

Upon completion of the UAV-Emergency Services and Public Safety class, students will be invited to participate for two days in ongoing research and development of Standard Operating Procedures, Concept of Operations and use case studies associated with the deployment of sUAS for Emergency Services and Public Safety. The data received during these research and development and aeronautical research activities will be made available to Virginia Department of Emergency Services, Department of Public Safety, Department of Technology, etc.


Drone Aircraft Systems
Know Your Aircraft Sensors
sUAS Flight Operations
National Airspace System (NAS)
Drone Laws & FAA Regulations 
Weather & Micrometeorology 
Agency Integration
Standard Operating Procedures