40 HR Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Drone Operator

This is the first and only 40-hour UAV/Drone Operator course that has been certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB). This course satisfies the following mandates: Civil Rights, Constitutional and Proper use of Law Enforcement Authority, & Law Update. 

The course has been specifically designed for Illinois police officers who plan to utilize drones during surveillance, narcotics investigations, crime scene /crash scene documentation, search & rescue, and other law enforcement operations. This training provides interactive hands-on learning and practical exercises to help prepare students to pass the required FAA 14 CFR Part 107 written licensing exam. Topics taught by a licensed pilot / instructor include airspace rules, aerodynamics, emergency / pre-planned missions, and the principles of unmanned aviation. Students will also receive training from a licensed attorney in the applicable Federal regulations, Illinois statutes, 4th Amendment case law, liability, policy and best practices. 

Required Course Materials: Students will be provided all necessary course materials, including textbooks. There are no required textbooks to purchase 

Course Schedule

DAY 1 

  • Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 
  • Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 107 Overview 
  • Selection criteria for UAVs used in law enforcement 
  • Practical Exercise - Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 

DAY 2 

  • Law Update 
  • Regulations, Rating Privileges & Limitations 
  • Airspace Classification 
  • Aviation Weather Sources 

DAY 3 

  • Emergency Procedures 
  • Crew Resource Management 
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Loading 
  • FAA Radio Communication Procedures 

DAY 4 

  • Physiological Factors Affecting Pilot Performance 
  • Airport Operations 
  • Maintenance and Preflight Inspection Procedures 

DAY 5 

  • Practical Exercise - Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) 
  • Simulated Field Mission 
  • Course review & evaluations 
  • 14 CFR Part 107 FAA certification FINAL Exam 

Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14, 2020
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $799

NOTE: Friday afternoon there will be a Field Exercise in Maywood Illinois, and the FAA Exam in Chicago. 

*Includes $150 FAA certification exam fee , $30 text book and online access 


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