Overview

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PDT-LSurvUas-01

Drone (UAS) Operator Certification for Public Safety, Emergency Response & Disaster Management

This certificate program offers hands-on flight instruction that draws on the basic skills and flight proficiencies required to safely operate unmanned aerial vehicles. While flight instruction is a key area of focus, this certificate is not a Part 107 preparation class. 

In addition to operational proficiency, participants will gain a more thorough understanding of UAS regulations, policies, airspace considerations and licensing requirements. At the end of the workshop, students will be more equipped to fly UAS safely and with a deeper understanding of how UAS can be used in public for emergency response. This 5-day certification is offered over a five-week period--see scheduled dates for each specific section.

Students do not need to bring their own UAV to this course. Several different UAV models will be available for students during hands-on exercises and demonstrations.

*Created in partnership with NH Department of Transportation

What You Will Learn

PDT-LSurvUas-01

Drone (UAS) Operator Certification for Public Safety, Emergency Response & Disaster Management

Objectives

Students will learn about the following topics:

  • Improve UAS operational proficiency in different geographies and weather conditions
  • Understand relevant municipal, state and federal laws that govern UAS operation
  • Apply appropriate UAS operational guidelines and laws to pre-flight, flight and post-flight activities
  • Design and maintain accurate and helpful pre-flight checklists and flight logs
  • Set up safe take-off and landing perimeters
  • Become more familiar with different UAS, components platforms and software
  • Connect UAS technologies and concepts to Emergency Management and SAR practices
  • Assess airspace requirements before and during flights
  • Learn more about leading-edge UAS technologies and how these advancements impact different fields such as emergency management, engineering, agriculture and photography
  • Identify the essential elements of starting a new in-house UAS program: legal, financial, risk management, staff, training, insurance, standard operating procedures, documentation, equipment procurement and management

Schedule

Day 1 – Rules, Regulations, Resources
Regulations
            Risk, Liability and Insurance
            FAA UAS Rules and Regulations
            Commercial
                        Part 107
                        Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
            Recreational/Educational Use
                        Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
Waivers
            The Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107)
Pilot Operating Handbook (POH)
Aeronautical Principles
Airspace
Pre-Flight
            Checklist
            Flight Perimeter Setup

Day 2 – UAS Components, Flight Basics & Flight Time
UAS Components
            Rotors, Engines, Frames
            Sensing Platforms and Sensors
            Displays, Goggles
            Command Center
UAS Software
            DJI Go
            Litchi
            Drone Deploy
            B4UFly
            Airmap
            Windfinder
Drone Operation
            Flight Basics
            Flight Crew and Roles
            Safety, Checklists, Tools
            GIS and Waypoints
            Virtual Fencing
 Flight Scenarios
            Take off/Landing
            Orientation
            Return to Home
            Advanced Modes and Joystick Control
            Demo Grid Search

Day 3 - Case Studies, Forensics, Urban/Rural, Communication/Coordination & Flight Time
UAS Forensics
Vendor Demo
SAR
            Weather and Terrain
            UAS-related Example Scenarios
                        Pathway Identification
                        Waypoint/ Eye In the Sky
                        Missing Person
            Communication and Coordination
            Basics of Building a UAS System for SAR
            Optics and Filters (FLIR, etc.)
            Urban versus Rural Rescue
Flight Scenarios
            Urban versus Rural
            Missing Person
            Pathway Identification

Day 4 - UAS Program Development & Flight Time
Building an In-House UAS Program
            Equipment
                        Procurement and Maintenance
                        How/When to Scale?
            Capital
                        Securing Funds/Grants
                        Example Budget
            Approval
            Staff/Training
            Management of Equipment
            Review Checklist
Fight Scenarios
            SAR Scenarios
                        Coordination of Multiple Groups
                        Different Functions
                        Communication Systems
                        Waymarking and Grid Search
                        Time-Sensitivity
                        Accounting for Obstacles

Day 5- UAS Program Development
Review
Case Studies
Adapting a UAS Program for Emergency Management & SAR
            What’s Unique?
            Next Steps?
            Review Checklist
Vendor Demo
Summary and Q&A

Instructor Bios

PDT-LSurvUas-01

Drone (UAS) Operator Certification for Public Safety, Emergency Response & Disaster Management

  • David Kovar

    David Kovar

    David Kovar has been active in search and rescue since 1995 when he joined CalESAR, one of California’s few independent search and rescue teams. He participated in SAR missions all over California in ground, swift water, and high angle rescue roles. He also participated in SAR management on a wide variety of searches, including HRD canine, wilderness, and abducted children. While in California he helped found and manage 1SRG, an international response, all volunteer SAR organization. With 1SRG he deployed to Mexico, Fiji, Australia and Tajikistan and managed deployments to Peru and Japan. In Illinois he volunteered with Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency where he participated in SAR, storm spotting, and damage assessment. He ran the county EOC for ten days after a tornado struck Washington, IL in 2013.

    Mr. Kovar is now a volunteer New England K9 SAR as their communications officer.

    Mr. Kovar is well versed in ICS, has attended Inland SAR School twice, and instructed for Illinois Search and Rescue Council. He learned tracking from Joel Hardin, Rescue Systems 1 from Dallas Fire Department, and Swift water and Animal Rescue from Rescue 3 to name a few of his certifications.

    On the UAV side, Mr. Kovar founded the practice of UAV forensics, consults on cybersecurity and computer forensics, operates a commercial UAV firm in New England, and works with a variety of SAR organizations on integrating UAVs into search & rescue and disaster response operations. He is also a rated pilot (single engine land and rotorcraft), sUAS pilot (fixed wing and quad copter) and ham radio operator.

     

    Mr. Kovar is the Advocacy Director for NASAR and has written UAV policy papers for the FAA, developed and given presentations on UAVs in SAR for various audiences, and is working on SAR UAV standards for ASTM.

  • Rita Hunt

    Rita Castonguay

    Rita Castonguay Hunt is an Aviation Planner for the NH Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Bureau and specializes in both manned and unmanned aviation operations, standardization, procedures, and safety.

    Rita is responsible for aviation related project planning, airport development, and improving the overall safety of aviation in the state.  Rita is an FAA-certified airport safety inspector and inspects 23 public-use airports annually; responds to aviation related accidents as a subject matter expert on behalf of the State Police; and acts as state liaison to both the FAA and NTSB. 

    Rita is the NHDOT’s subject matter expert on UAS and UAS regulations.  She is an instructor for FEMA teaching the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management (AWR-345) course.  She was selected to join the USDOT Remote Sensing Adoption Working Group; is currently leading a research project with the University of Vermont Spatial Orientation Lab to determine ways to integrate UAS use into upcoming NHDOT projects; and is assisting other state agencies in creating their own UAS programs.  

    Rita graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations and a Master's in Business Administration.  She is a certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor (fixed-wing, single and multi-engine, instrument rated), as well as, certificated remote pilot.  

  • Jim Cloutier

    Jim Cloutier is the President of Red Dog Aerial Media a UAS service provider that specializes in training and consulting for companies interested in starting UAS programs in house. Red Dog Aerial also offers aerial photography, videography, infrastructure inspection and mapping services for engineering, construction, commercial real estate and insurance companies. Jim has over 10 years building, designing and flying UAS platforms and holds his FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

    Jim graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. His electrical engineering career in the manufacturing industry included electrical design and programing for brewing and packaging systems, project management, information technology infrastructure design and deployment, software and hardware lifecycle analysis and technical training.  Jim is currently the Information Technology Manager at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, NH.

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