Advanced Operators Course

Formally known as the Tactical Operators Course

Tactical & Operational Support

*California POSt certified

July 12-14, 2021 - Orange County California

Nighttime Ops. course immediately following (15-16)

September 20-22, 2021 - Orange County California

Nighttime Ops. course immediately following (23-24)

This course is California POST Certified!

Executive Summary

  • This course 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 advanced missions for their agencies regularly.  They are able to share the latest tactics, UAV platforms, software, and industry innovations because they are operating daily in real-world public safety settings.

    The class consists of three days of intensive scenario-based, hands-on, and precision 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 the desired mission sets.

    We begin by helping students fully realize all of the potential applications of unmanned aircraft and how they may fit their respective agencies.  This provides a clear understanding of the UAS agency objectives so that all efforts directly support effectively implementing the identified mission sets.  The remainder of the curriculum is precision flight and 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 applications and capabilities.

    Students will:

    • Demonstrate the skills needed to fly BVLOS or FPV (first-person view)
    • Understand and apply techniques for interior operations
    • Operate as direct support for tactical team operations
    • Operate as direct support for investigative operations
    • Examine UAV platform for: Interior, Exterior-high, Exterior-tight, Exterior-persistent
    • Demonstrate precision UAV operation for confined spaces and evidence recovery
    • Demonstrate UAS operational proficiency in advanced public safety mission-sets
    • Demonstrate low-light, interior UAV operation

This is an advanced training course and is NOT for beginners.

Course Information

Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)
CA POST Approval: 1287-20274-19
Cost/Tuition: $875.00
Max Class Size: 15 Students
Prerequisite: LACRTC 48-hour UAS Operators Course, or  32-hour Basic Pilots Course, or have an FAA Part 107 license
StudentRequirements: FAA 107 License AND 20 hours of logged flight time
Technical Level:
Advanced UAS Operators
Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors / Tactical Teams
Notes: This training course is NOT for beginners

Curriculum Designers

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.

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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