Drone Pilot Eyes Overhead© High Level SUAS Program Administrator 2 Day Course



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Program Description

This will be the introduction of the “Eyes Overhead” ™ drone training program designed by public safety drone experts specifically for law enforcement, fire, and first responders. This intensive two day classroom training program will answer many of the questions that agencies may have in getting started with an unmanned aircraft program. Attendees will learn when, what, and how to fly drones in a variety of scenarios through the lens of public safety. This program is the first step in understanding the requirements of setting up a program and gets them on their way to building and proving proficiency with their aircraft of choice.

It is highly recommended that attendees also consider the practical proficiency building sessions that are offered, but are not necessary if they already have those skills. Attendees will come away not only with knowledge of operations, but also with electronic documentation and forms that will act as the basis of their SOG’s and SOP’s as required by most agencies.

The total cost for the Eyes Overhead certification is $3,400, but this introductory offer for the classroom portion is cut to $849. Attendees wishing to continue on to the two day Practical Flight Proficiency sessions can do so for the same price of $849 for a savings of 50%. Those with the skills necessary can come “test out” for their certification for $150. The PFP and test out sessions will be scheduled at a later date.

The instruction is considered “Specialized Training” for TCLEOSE purposes. Any attendee’s agency that recognizes and utilizes this Continuing Education process will receive a certificate for 18 hours of CE training.


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Program Details

When  September 20th-21st
Where Wimberley, TX (south of Austin) - Location may change depending on class size, but will remain in the Austin area. 
Instructors Gene Robinson, John Buell, Michael Josephs
Cost $849 ($1698 for both days)
Attendees Public Safety Only (agency issued ID required)
Training Seats Available 50 
Daily Schedule
Training days will consist of 8 solid class room hours per day.
Two morning sessions and two afternoon session of approx. 2 hours a piece. Morning session starts at 0800 break at 1000 for 10 minutes, continue to 1200.Lunch is from 1200 to 1300 Afternoon session from 1300 to 1500, break for 10, continue until roughly 1700
Course Overview Drone Pilot LLC has created an intense two day course to assist Public Safety agencies looking to build a professional Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program for their jurisdictions. This course will give administrators the tools needed from selecting flight team members to public safety fight team operations from experienced instructors that have conducted SUAS missions across the globe.
Recommended Prerequisites FEMA NIMS
Outline Day ONE Sessions (Building a Standard for Public Safety SUAS

PART 1 – Part 107 and COA’s – To fly legally
Learning Objectives 

• Student will be familiar the three categories of SUAS flight authority.
• Student will be familiar with local and state SUAS laws.
• Student will be familiar with TFR and NO FLY ZONES.
• Student will be familiar FAA COA’s
• Student will have a basic knowledge of FAA Ground School for SUAS operations.
• Student will have a basic knowledge of FAA PART 107.
• Student will be familiar with FAA Drone Registration. 

PART 2 – Practical Application – When to fly
• Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with selection of professional flight teams.
Student will be familiar many SUAS mission types including counter drone operations.
• Student will be familiar public safety SUAS dispatching protocols.
• Student will have knowledge of SUAS operations environment.
• Student will be familiar SUAS crew management and resources.
• Student will be familiar with weather affects on SUAS deployment.

PART 3 – Equipment Selection – What to fly
Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with the criteria for selecting SUAS and payloads for data collection.
• Student will learn how geography plays into selecting SUAS and payloads for missions.
• Student will be familiar with the dangers, hazards, and liabilities associated with selecting SUAS and payloads for missions.
• Student will be familiar the may SUAS available.
• Student will be familiar with SUAS mission support equipment for small and large footprints.
• Student will be familiar with hazards of LIPO batteries.
• Student will be familiar with SUAS maintenance and documentation.
• Student will be familiar with FCC licensing for video transmission equipment.

PART 4 – Best Practices – How to fly
Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with the importance of proficiency skills for SUAS flight teams.
• Student will be familiar with pre-mission planning verses exigent circumstances/emergency deployments.
• Student will be familiar with site-success probability assessments.
Student will be familiar with the SUAS flight teams roles and responsibilities.
• Student will be familiar with the SUAS redundancy and fail safe procedures.
• Flight Team Skill Set Proficiency
• Per-mission Planning verses exigent circumstance/emergency deployments BUELL
• Site-Success Probability Assessment
• Flight Team Roles and Responsibilities
• Redundancy/Fail Safe Procedures

Part 5 – Best Practices Continued

Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with SUAS for disaster response - how to fit into NIMS.
• Student will be familiar with SUAS operation procedures aiding to mission success.
• Student will be familiar with SUAS action plan/pre/during/post flight data processing and distribution.
• Student will be familiar with conducting hot wash/debriefing for internal-external lessons learned.
• Student will be familiar with SUAS operations flight team accountability documentation.

Part 6 - Building a successful public safety robotics team
Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with building a successful public safety robotics team.
• Student will be familiar with lessons learned from failed and operational SUAS programs.
• Student will be familiar with Drone Pilot’s Eyes Overhead proficiency certification testing.
Student will be familiar with Drone Pilot’s Eyes Overhead flight team testing patterns.

Part 7 - Public Safety SUAS Scenario – SAR demonstration
Learning Objectives
• Student will be familiar with setting up safe SUAS flight line.
• Student will be familiar with setting up SUAS mission support equipment.
• Student will observe Drone Pilot flight team demonstrate a mock Search and Rescue mission.
• Student will be issued a certification of course completion.
• Student will be familiar with the registration process for Drone
Pilot’s Eyes Overhead Proficiency Training and Certification Course.
Course Take Away USB SNAP Drive:
• Drone Pilot Eyes Overhead© 30,000 FOOT Program Administrator Slides Part 1-7
• (First To Deploy) E-Book Author Gene Robinson
• Public Safety WHITE PAPERS
1. Memorial Day Floods
2. Plano Texas Search
3. Liberty Missile Search
4. Obstacles To UAS Insertion in Disasters
5. UAS in Crime Scene Re-creation
• FAA Documents
• Public Safety Sensitive Documents
• SUAS Insurance Documents
• Public Safety Media (videos and stills)
• Flight Team Operations Documents
• Drone Pilot Trifold Brochures


Instructor Bios

Gene Robinson – DronePilotLLC/RPFlightSystems, inc.

Gene Robinson founded RP Flight Systems, Inc. in 2004 and began the design and manufacture of the Spectra flying wing. Gene formed RP Search Services, a non-profit 501 (c)3 in 2007 to bring UAS into the public service roles of search and rescue, fire-fighting and public safety support. In 2005, following his first search and recovery effort utilizing a UAS, Gene recognized the value of this unmanned technology and committed the next 10 years to bringing this tool to the public service community. From coast-to-coast, in 30 states and internationally in four countries, Gene has assisted law enforcement in SAR and other support missions flying the Spectra. He has been Chief UA Pilot for Texas EquuSearch since 2006 and assisted in numerous high profile searches.

In 2012, Gene authored First to Deploy the first “how-to” book on using UAS during SAR and natural disasters. He travels the nation, speaking, demonstrating and utilizing UA, as a leading expert on the safe and efficient use of UAS in the national air space. He authored Obstacles to Using UA in the NAS and co-authored Memorial Day Floods, 2015, Wimberley, Texas, White Papers utilized by Texas Department of Public Safety, the Wimberley and the Austin Fire Departments among other agencies. Gene maintains a unique set of expertise in data and image analysis, mosaic mapping; autopilot programming, GIS and troubleshooting.

Gene served as Chief UA Pilot for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Wild land Urban Fire Research Project (WUI) from 2013-2015. He also wrote the first successful Certificate of Authorization (COA) granted to a county jurisdiction for Hays County, TX, in 2007.

Gene has worked with numerous institutions of higher learning including San Diego State University’s Visualization Lab on drone development, Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Program on cadaver detection, and University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire’s campus on UA development, use, and GIS. He is the co-founder of the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association (RCAPA). He has provided UA air coverage in Tanzania, Africa, and in Mongolia with National Geographic’s search for Ghengis Khan’s tomb, and been has featured in television shows/presentations including Discovery Network, Smithsonian Channel, and numerous news media, both written and televised. Gene was featured in Civilian Drones, the movie on Drone TV. For his efforts in bringing UAS to the public service arena, Gene was awarded the first humanitarian “UA Spectra Award” in 2014.

Gene continues to be a leader in research and development for UAS use in the civilian arena and has written Image Analysis procedures for SAR and been a consultant to Austin Fire Department’s Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) team for development of Best Practices and Field Deployment of UA. He has been assigned the duties of “Air Boss” during the devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015 in Wimberley, Texas, and continues to be the Chief UA Pilot for the Wimberley Fire Department. Gene has authored Certificate of Authorizations (COA) and has an active FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly the Spectra in the NAS. Gene has been a certificated FAA Airman since 1976.

John Buell - DronePilotLLC

John Buell, SUAS Operator/Instructor and Founder of Drone Pilot LLC: John is regarded as an “Expert Operator and Design Specialist of Small Unmanned Air and Ground Systems. He has over 20 years of experience as a Peace Officer in Austin Texas working in the Bomb Squad as a Chemical/Biological/Radiological Specialist, Organized Crime Division, Clandestine Lab Response Team, Public Safety Recovery DIVE Team, and Specialized Patrol Division/SAR Team. John has served 14 years as a member of our Armed Forces serving the last 6 years with the 6th Weapons Of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team Texas Army National Guard Honorably discharged as a disabled veteran from a knee injury. John has been building and flying radio controlled fixed-wing and multi-rotor hover platforms and devotes much of his free time volunteering to promote public safety uses of robotics for life saving.

John Buell has designed a turn key SUAS Flight Team Training Program for professional minded organizations and businesses seeking to insource SUAS operations. The Drone Pilot Flight Team cadre, made up of public safety professionals have completed missions all over the US and overseas for a wide range of clients to include AMD computers, 3DR Robotics, Malibu Boats, and Blue Origin Rocket Company. John Buell has created a flight team standard operating manual that's currently being deployed by public safety agencies in Texas.

Michael Josephs – DronePilotLLC

Michael Joseph, SUAS Operator/Instructor: Mr. Joseph, has over 13 years of experience as a Peace Officer in Austin Texas. Michael has been working with SAUS systems over the last 4 years, excels as a systems technician and has operated in complex missions. Michael has also been a photographer for over 16 years, his knowledge in this field directly relates to proficient payload operations dealing with photography and videography. Michael has completed and passed the FAA knowledge proficiency exam for private pilot ground school and holds a Technician level amateur radio operator permit.



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