Nighttime Operators Course

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

July 15, 2021 - San Clemente California

Advanced Ops offered immediately preceding this course (12-14)

September 23, 2021 - Orange County California

Advanced Ops offered immediately preceding this course (20-22)

Executive Summary

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) are powerful tools for first responders.  However, nighttime operations add complexity that requires specific training and 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.” In this course, students identify night visual illusions and the physiological degradation occurring in darkness, then develop mitigating strategies.  Students use state-of-the-art equipment to perform nighttime UAS operations couched in reality-based public safety mission sets. 

Students will:

  • Explain the FAA requirements to operate a UAV in darkness
  • Receive at least six hours as a member of a nighttime UAS flight crew
  • Log at least two hours of flight time.
  • Use thermal imagery equipped UAVs for nighttime operations
  • Use Infrared equipped UAVs for nighttime operations
  • Use white light equipped UAVs for nighttime operations
  • Demonstrate support of nighttime public safety operations
  • Understand the human physiological effects during 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 risk mitigation strategies for night operations

Course Information

Course Length: 2 days (16 hours total)
Cost/Tuition: $755.00
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
Student Requirements: FAA 107 License
Technical Level:
UAS Operators and Supervisors
Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors / SWAT & Tactical Teams
Notes: None

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. 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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