Advanced Operators Course

Formally known as the Tactical Operators Course

Tactical & Operational Support

*California POSt certified

October 21-23, 2019 - Costa Mesa California

Nighttime Operators course offered immediately following (24-25)

February 3-5, 2020 - Costa Mesa California

Nighttime Operators course offered immediately following (6-7)

This course is now California

Executive Summary

Formerly the Tactical Operators course, this improved version capitalizes on the significant experience of the professional UAV pilots that make up the instructor cadre.  We are fortunate to have public safety UAV experts who are flying missions for their agency on a regular basis.  They are able to share the latest tactics, UAV platforms, software, and industry innovations because they are working in it daily in real-world public safety settings.

The class consists of three days of intensive scenario-based, hands-on, flight training designed to increase piloting skills and to provide students with the ability to operate in all sUAS environments.  Students will be exposed to the equipment, tools, and techniques necessary to make their sUAS program fulfill all of the desired mission-sets.

We begin by helping students to fully realize all of the potential applications of unmanned aircraft and how that may fit at their respective agencies.  This provides a clear understanding of the UAS agency objectives so that all efforts support effectively implementing the identified mission-sets.  The remainder of the curriculum is scenario-based exercises. Students fly inside and outside, on multiple aircraft types, using infrared, thermal, and self-illumination views.  Guest speakers and prototype UAS equipment are regular additions to this very popular class.  Students leave operationally ready with a deep understanding of UAS public safety application.

Course Information

Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)
CA POST Approval:  #1287-20274-19
Cost/Tuition: $795
Max Class Size: 15 Students
Prerequisite: LACRTC 48-hour Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators Course, or  32-hour Basic Operator’s Course, or have an FAA Part 107 license
Technical Level:
UAS Operators and Supervisors

Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors / SWAT & Tactical Teams
Lodging: Government rate at Ayres Fountain Valley (714) 861-5170 (Mention “LA County Regional Training”)
Notes: This training course is NOT for beginners

Lead Instructor Cadre

Tim is a Captain with the Huntington Beach Police Department in Orange County California. Tim is currently the UAS program manager for his department and has been involved in the development of the program from the ground up.

Chris is a Lieutenant with the Huntington Beach Police Department in Orange County California and a military veteran. Chris assisted in developing the departments sUAS program and is currently working as the program supervisor.

Kris serves as Executive Director for the Los Angeles County RTC, and teaches at Golden West College. His tactical background makes him a valuable addition to this cadre.

Mailing Address:
16835 Algonquin St, Suite 462
Huntington Beach CA 92649

office: (888) 782-4969
fax: (866) 515-3972


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