Program Operator's Course

For Implementation of a Comprehensive Aviation Program Based on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platforms.

*California POST certified

August 19-23, 2019 - Costa Mesa California

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Virtual Classroom Starts September 6 - FAA Ground school

December 09-13, 2019 - Costa Mesa California

Virtual Classroom Starts November 8 - FAA Ground school

April 20-24, 2020 - Costa Mesa California

Virtual Classroom Starts March 20, 2020 - FAA Ground school

Executive Summary

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Operator’s Course is a 48-hour program of instruction designed to provide organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to create and implement an aviation program based on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms. The class follows this progression of student performances:

  • Prepare for, then take, the FAA UAG 107 test (included in tuition)
  • Identify and explain agency specific mission sets
  • Demonstrate the ability to create or modify a UAS safety management system
  • Demonstrate the ability to create or modify a UAS maintenance program
  • Explain UAS operations and limitations
  • Create or modify a UAS training program
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply for Public Use Certificates of Authorization and waivers under Part 107
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate a UAV in basic mission sets

Each student will receive a minimum of eight hours of flight instruction and log at least two hours of actual flight time. Successful students will return to their respective organizations as certified operators with all the information required for a fully developed program ready for management review.

Successful graduates will be qualified under the FAA’s Part 107, to operate as a Remote Pilot in Command for standard operations (pending a TSA background investigation) or operate under the FAA’s Public Use provisions. Moreover, graduates will have the ability to apply for FAA Certificates of Waiver for those instances that do not conform to Part 107. Students will return to their respective organizations as certified operators with fully developed program templates ready for management review.

The Los Angeles County Regional Training Center (LACRTC) is not affiliated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA Remote Pilot Airman Certificate is achieved by successfully completing the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test. LACRTC has partnered with FAA testing centers to include the FAA test as part of this course (test fee is included in the tuition).

"The level of expertise was incredible. The answers to the questions we asked as a class were answered quickly, efficiently and backed up with data/facts."

Justin C.

"The online course test prep material - made it possible to pass the 107 test. Hands on UAS operations and exercises each day. Instructor knowledge and enthusiasm. Location of class was perfect for what is needed for class."

Brian O.

"The instructors were knowledgeable and professional. The class was informational and entertaining."

Ed I.

Course Information

Course Length: 5 days in class and 8 hours online (48 hours total)
POST Approval: California (reimbursement plan N/A) & Missouri
Cost/Tuition: $1,380.00 (includes FAA 107 exam fee)
Max Class Size: 24 Students
Prerequisites: None
Technical Level: UAS Operators and Supervisors/ Policy Creation
Recommended For: sUAS Operators and Supervisors / Policy and Program Creation

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.

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

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