Nighttime Operator's Course

Learn how to safely and lawfully use this life-saving resource for nighttime public safety operations

February 6-7, 2020 - Costa Mesa California

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February 20-21, 2020 - Concord California

Tactical Ops course offered immediately preceding this course (17-19)

June 11-12, 2020 - Costa Mesa California

Tactical Ops course offered immediately preceding this course (8-10)

October 8, 2020 - Costa Mesa California

Tactical Ops course offered immediately preceding this course (5-7)

Executive Summary

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) are powerful tools for first responders.  However, the Federal Aviation Administration limits sUAS use to daylight hours unless certain conditions are met.  In order to be operational 24-hours a day, organizations must acquire a waiver to operate during the hours of darkness.  At a minimum, remote pilots must know the requirements to operate at night; including aircraft equipment.  The FAA maintains that an “applicant must assure all required persons participating in the small unmanned aircraft operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.”

The Night Operations and small Unmanned Aircraft Systems course fulfills the knowledge based requirements necessary to obtain a waiver for Part 107.29 Daylight Operations.  Students will:

  • Receive six hours of nighttime flying (accomplished unaided and aided with FLIR technology)
  • Use thermal imagery technology in the first responder environment
  • Demonstrate support of nighttime public safety operations
  • Understand the effects of physiology on night operations
  • Identify visual illusions associated with night flying
  • Develop techniques to mitigate the risks of night operations
  • Examine equipment requirements for operating during hours of darkness
  • Create a risk mitigation strategy for night operations

Course Information

Course Length: 2 days (16 hours total)
Cost/Tuition: $595.00
Max Class Size: 16 Students
Prerequisite: LACRTC 48-hour UAS Operators Course, or  32-hour Basic Pilots Course, or have an FAA Part 107 license
Student Requirements: FAA 107 License
Technical Level:
UAS Operators and Supervisors
Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors / SWAT & Tactical Teams
Notes: None

Training 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. He is a retired Detective Supervisor and POST Master Instructor. He has designed and taught over 70 courses for CA Law Enforcement.

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Huntington Beach CA 92649

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