If you're new to drone piloting, the Intro to sUAS course will give you all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally and prepare for FAA certification. The comprehensive 18-hour course is designed to provide thorough instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, FAA regulations, piloting skills, and safety best practices, as well as prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, which is required to legally operate a drone for any business purpose. Our unique indoor flight training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5X without FPV) flying indoors without wind/weather through obstacle courses. This approach develops three primary skill proficiencies: 1. Dealing with flight system orientation 2. Depth perception 3. Flying without dependency on GPS
Coursework not only includes operating instructions and knowledge transfer so individuals can pass the FAA remote pilot knowledge test; the content also provides insights and examples of how students can utilize drone technology in existing businesses, as well as to create new business models. The demand for highly specialized drone jobs will explode, dramatically increasing the earning potential of many diverse workforces.
sUAS for public safety have unique implications for personnel. Drones can put eyes and ears on the ground and in the air in scenarios that would be impenetrable or life-threatening to personnel. This technology has the potential to extend your team's abilities while improving the safety of everyone involved in an emergency. To meet the specific needs of police, firefighters, and emergency management personnel, NIAS has created this refined version of our Intro to sUAS course. Additional public safety topics include: - Uses for sUAS - Videos & photos - Post-processing - Situational analysis for first responders - Accident photos & assessment - Large group monitoring & control - Following a suspected criminal - Hazardous material incidents - Terrorist threat assessment - Search & rescue - Active fire situations - Damage assessments - Hostage surveillance - Creation of training videos One of the most important considerations for police, fire, and emergency management crews is the FAA policies under which they will operate. In addition to flying under commercial FAA rules, public safety organizations may fly under a separate set of FAA regulations. The specialized public safety course guides you through the process of understanding these alternatives and getting the necessary certifications. The course includes a training quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator with a radio controller, a sectional chart, 50 FAA sample test questions, a workbook, a sample General Order, a copy of First to Deploy - Unmanned Aircraft for SAR & Law Enforcement by Gene Robinson, and 24 hours of instruction.
If you're new to drone piloting, the NIAS Drone Certification and Training sUAS Introduction will give you all the information necessary to pass the FAA Part 107 knowledge test and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally. The comprehensive 16-hour course is designed to provide thorough instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, FAA regulations, piloting skills, and safety best practices, as well as prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, which is required to legally operate a drone for any business purpose. Topics covered include flying multirotor and fixed-wing, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems, emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test including regulations; airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures. The course fee includes a workbook, a quadcopter with camera, flight simulator orientation, FAA sample test questions, and 16 hours of instruction. Certification testing must be administered at an authorized FAA Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee. *Your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received and must be received one business day prior (24 hours prior) to the class. Registration is dependent on class and seating availability. To cancel your registration prior to 24 hours before the class starts for a full refund, please call 702-479-2986. No-shows and cancellations not made prior to 24 hours before the class starts will incur the full cost of registration; however, a future class may be attended at no additional cost. If the class is cancelled, you have the option of applying your fee to a future class or receiving a full refund. Completing the certification and training class qualifies you for free update training every two years for recertification. We look forward to your class attendance.
The instruction is being provided by NIAS, the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site and NIAS Unmanned Aviation Safety Center of Excellence (NIAS-UAS COE). All instructors are commercial FAA helicopter or transport pilots with a current Part 107 license.
The course will focus on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). These are defined by the FAA as weighing less than 55 lbs.
Yes, the NIAS instruction not only covers learning to fly, but also the concepts and benefits of multiple types of flight systems, including multirotor and fixed-wing as well as autonomous flight systems
No. In fact, we encourage you not to buy a system until you've taken the NIAS course. During the course, you'll learn about the various systems available and understand which one is best suited for your needs. The course fee includes a "training" quadcopter selected for its extreme durability (survives crashes well, perfect for indoor instruction) and manual controls (as learning to fly without GPS assistance results in better piloting skills).
We've intentionally designed this course to meet the comprehensive needs of someone who wants to use a drone commercially. In it, students not only learn to fly, but we cover the types of flight systems available on the market, what applications and industries they are best suited for, and the business models that can be created using drones. The course provides thorough pilot training, including important safety and legal best practices, and has an intensive FAA test prep portion which imparts the advanced awareness needed to prepare for and pass the FAA's remote pilot knowledge test. These skills, test prep, and industry insights are all that stand between you gaining your certification to take advantage of the emerging drone-enabled opportunities.
No. We teach indoors because it's the best environment to learn how to pilot without the added challenges of the elements like wind, precipitation, trees, etc.
No. Each student needs his or her own system, which we provide. There will be skills homework assignments and in-class activities that require each student to practice with and operate their own system.
Yes. In addition to all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally, this course is designed to give you the instruction you need to prepare for and successfully pass the FAA remote pilot knowledge test. The test itself, administered at an authorized FAA Knowledge Testing Center will be a written exam with no piloting demonstration required.
No coursework is FAA Certified. FAA certification comes only after passing the FAA's remote pilot knowledge test, which is only available at qualified FAA Knowledge Testing Centers. Many other courses offer brief overviews on safety practices and basic applications, and piloting is taught with GPS which masks true flying skills. Our 16-hour NIAS course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, and FAA regulations, in addition to piloting skills and the best safety practices.
Our 16-hour Intro to sUAS course is a comprehensive, specialized course that covers far more than those offered online. In addition to teaching the best safety practices and piloting skills, we cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities, and which one would be best for your use; we discuss how drones can be used in business and industry applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to business; and we teach drone photography and videography skills. You will also learn the FAA requirements in-depth, how to prepare for the exam, and gain the knowledge needed to successfully pass the certification exam.
Your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. To cancel your registration prior to 24 hours before the class starts for a full refund, please call 702-479-2986. No-shows and cancellations not made prior to 24 hours before the class starts will incur the full cost of registration, however a future class may be attended at no additional cost. If the class is cancelled, you have the option of applying your fee to a future class or receiving a full refund.