sUAS Basic Pilots Course

For agencies with an established UAS Program

Course Summary

The UAS Basic Pilots Course is a 16 -hour program of instruction designed specifically and ONLY for agencies that already have an established UAS program and are flying missions with protocols and a comprehensive policy in place. The curriculum is focused on piloting skills coupled with training in UAS safety and general UAS program operations.

Students will:

  • Explain UAS safety management strategies and safety culture
  • Explain how to apply for Public Use Certificates of Authorization and waivers under Part 107
  • Demonstrate preflight and emergency safety procedures
  • Demonstrate UAV flight setup and pre-flight
  • Demonstrate UAV piloting skills in basic public safety mission-sets
  • Demonstrate UAV piloting skills in a competition course, under stress

Each student will receive a minimum of eight hours of flight instruction as a member of a UAS deployment team and log at least 2 ½ hours of actual flight time with a UAV. All instruction will be consistent with the FAA’s current rules and regulations.

This class is eligible to include the 16-hour FAA 107 Ground School immediately prior to this course as a combination course for those agencies desiring students to receive a Part 107 Commercial Pilot’s License. [click here for additional information]

Successful graduates of the combination course will be qualified under the FAA’s Part 107, to operate as a Remote Pilot in Command for standard operations.

Course Information

Part Number: BOP-21
Course Length:
2 days (16 hours)

Max Class Size: 25 students
Prerequisites: None
Technical Level: Beginner sUAS Operators
Student Requirements: None
Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors
Notes: Only for agencies that already have an established UAS program and are flying missions with protocols and a comprehensive policy in place.

Course Presentation Requirements

  • Classroom large enough to accommodate five groups of five students per table (recommended 6’ round tables)
  • One six-foot standard rectangle banquet-style table with three chairs for instructors (located in the back of the room)
  • One six-foot standard rectangle banquet-style table (located in the front of the classroom)
  • Internet Access
  • Podium (If available, not required)
  • Audio, projector & screen or equivalent flatscreen TV system for presentations
  • Securable room for equipment storage and charging 250-350 square feet (must have access to power)
  • Cleared airspace, minimum 100-foot ceiling
  • Outdoor flying area
    • Five flight zones approximately the size of a tennis or basketball court, one for each group or a cleared area approximately the size of a football field.
    • Flat unobstructed area clear of trees and overhead power lines/obstacles
  • If possible, an indoor flying area approximately the size of a gymnasium is a good backup for inclement weather such as rain and high wind.
  • All COVID-19 protocols, testing, cleaning, and supplies are the responsibility of the host agency.

Course Scheduling

Khepra IncLACRTC, America’s leading Unmanned Aircraft Systems training innovator and largest certified California public safety trainer, is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Khepra Inc. to present their training courses through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule under Contract Number 47QTCA1800KZ. LACRTC courses can be found in Special Item Numbers 611512 – flight training.

To schedule training:
John Laskowski
Khepra Inc.
(805) 914-5800

Mailing Address:
17595 Mt Herrmann St.
Fountain Valley CA 92708

office: (888) 782-4969



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