First Responder Ground School Summary

When it comes to our first responders they need all of the technical edges available to provide life and safety services in a safe and efficient manner! Airborne Works is dedicated to helping our first responders nationwide including fire departments, police departments, Government agencies etc… to be trained to utilizing the latest technical advancements within “small unmanned air systems”, (sUAS) technology field.

Airborne Works offers on-site, one on one emergency services drone training courses across the Country We also offer Open Enrollment group courses to the general public that are ideal for individual police or fire fighters looking to get trained with other UAV owners.

Take it from us, learning all of the ins-and-outs of the flight control systems & hardware not to mention whats required to legally flying any UAV commercially / or privately can be, confusing, intimidating and down right complicated.

Airborne Works is happy to be able to help you navigate this process. The following points are taken directly from the FAA web site. Take a look at some of the basic requirements and steps involved when becoming a UAV commercial pilot.

Our curriculum simplifies this process for you. In-fact if you don’t pass your first test we will pay your retest fee!

First-Time Pilots

Steps To become a pilot you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

Pilot certificate Requirements

  • Must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations
  • Valid for 2 years – certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years

Application Process

  1. Schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center (KTC), which administer initial and recurrent FAA knowledge exams
    1. View the list of Knowledge Testing Centers (PDF) to find one near you.
    2. Applicants must bring government-issued photo ID to their test
  2. Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test – initial knowledge test areas include:
    1. Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
    2. Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
    3. Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
    4. Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
    5. Emergency procedures
    6. Crew resource management
    7. Radio communication procedures
    8. Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
    9. Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
    10. Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
    11. Airport operations
    12. Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
  3. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) using the electronic FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA)*
    1. Register using the FAA IACRA system
    2. Login with username and password
    3. Click on “Start New Application” and 1) Application Type “Pilot”, 2) Certifications “Remote Pilot”, 3) Other Path Information, 4) Start Application
    4. Follow application prompts
    5. When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID (NOTE: it may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA)
    6. Sign the application electronically and submit to the Registry for processing.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent when an applicant has completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.
  5. A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.
  6. * Applicants who do not wish to complete FAA Form 8710-13 online may choose the paper process. Please note that the processing time will be longer if a paper application is used since it requires in-person approval and signature by a designated pilot examiner (DPE), an airman certification representative (ACR), or an FAA-certificated flight instructor (CFI), and must then be mailed to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for final review and signature. Additionally, a temporary remote pilot certificate will not be provided to the applicant.
    Instructions for completing the paper application process may be found in Chapter 6, Section 4 of the Part 107 Advisory Circular.

Our course is specifically designed to not only prepare any person for a solid background in aviation knowledge to help them operate sUAS safely in the National Airspace System, but also prepare them to sit for the Part 107 Unmanned Airman’s Knowledge Test.

The ground school will include a total of 4 modules that will introduce students new to aviation and the UAS world, providing them a working knowledge of aircraft components and flight control systems.

We first start with some basic information about general safety do’s and don’ts of UAV flight, we touch on Federal Laws and why they are in place. We then move to a very realistic unmanned aerial vehicle or (UAV) flight simulator, each student will have an opportunity to learn the basics of flight as we explain the details of the flight control systems available to them before they fly a real UAV. Once they’re comfortable with the simulator system we will move to actual UAV flight using a small Non GPS aircraft. We do this because we want all students to know the difference of control between a non-GPS guided aircraft and one that is navigated by GPS, this is extremely important for all students so that they know how to control completely an aircraft should a lose of GPS guidance happen.

These sessions are to be held at an open air or indoor facility provided by you.

Students will then learn step by step training of unpacking Pre-Flight inspection, in flight observations and post flight operations. They will be taught to perform basic maneuvering (they learned in flight simulator session) We show them all modes of flight from manual and auto lift off, hover, fly to a point return from a point, Headless mode, initiate return home, advanced maneuvering etc…

At this point we will then go into the study of how to become a Remote Pilot In Command (RPIC) through the study of the National Airspace System as defined by the FAA. (home study is required) We start with access permission to an online video education platform with hours of videos sessions that will expose each student to the required FAA study segments. Once they are comfortable with this information the same web based platform will allow them to take a 60 question test (just like the real FAA test) using actual sample questions taken from the Part 107 test. Upon completion the student will receive real-time calculation of how they scored!

Additionally they can take this (practice) test as many times as they like. Further this web platform offers the option for lifetime access to the updated study video Library that will allow each student to stay current with changing FAA regulations.

Please Note: The FAA requires RPIC retesting every 24 months.

Brief summery of what will be covered in the VIDEO study course:

  • Introduction to Aviation
  • Aircraft Components and Systems
  • Fundamentals of Flight
  • Regulations (including Part 107)
  • Navigation and Airspace
  • FAA Sectional charts and symbols
  • Weather Theory and Reporting
  • Flight Skills
  • Control Tower communications
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Records
  • Safety and Flight Restrictions
  • sUAS Operations
  • sUAS Regulatory Framework
  • sUAS Planning Principles

Once the above training is successfully completed and the student has passed the FAA Part 107 knowledge test, we will consult closely with the key people within the department to make the best choices with respects to:

#1 Best flight platform / airframe for your requirements / budget
#2 Thermal imaging flight platform training and hardware.
#3 Simple or sophisticated, which is the best platform fit for your needs?

Airborne Works is an authorized national distributor for the FLIR thermal imaging first responder packages. We are also an authorized national distributor and service center for a water proof UAV technology known as Splash Drone. The worlds best waterproof UAV that can
fly in heavy rain or snow at, up to 30 MPH winds and is capable of landing and taking off in fresh or salt water. Will deliver payloads up to 1 kg at long distance for remote delivery of a life vest, food, water, radio etc. Can be fitted with a FLIR thermal imaging package, Airborne Works provides service after the sale!

Once you receive your recommended department UAV assets, we will be available to assist should you need us, additional charges may apply.

Airborne Works is dedicated to providing the most advanced curriculum and strives to meet all of the current FAA requirements and will always update curriculum with any required changes.

We further want to help assure that each and every student will have a good understanding not only of the National Airspace Regulations but also industry best practices with respect to privacy and operating a UAV in any situation.

The bottom line is, this technology will help your first responders, investigators, search rescue and police dispatch to maximize situational awareness and save precious time while potentially saving lives. Please contact us, we look forward to setting up a demo date to address any questions you may have.

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