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sUAS Drone Ground School & Flight Training

Instructor(s):

  • Bill Bongle
    Captain, Green Bay Police Department, WI (Ret.)

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (commonly referred to as sUAS or “drones”) are an emerging technology, which offers exciting possibilities for public safety. Drones are being used to aid in disaster relief, search and rescue and to provide situational awareness while keeping first responders out of harm’s way. Despite the many legitimate uses of drones, privacy advocates have raised concerns and in some cases have sought to prevent police agencies from using them. Several states have passed “drone legislation” which regulates the way drones may be used. In addition to state regulation, public safety agencies seeking to use a drone must also receive approval from the FAA. This two-day training course will assist you in getting your drone program off the ground.

This training will help your pilots prepare for and pass the FAA’s written exam which is required to obtain a license to legally operate an unmanned aircraft. This is commonly referred to as the “part 107 remote pilot exam”. This course will teach your pilots the rules of airspace, aerodynamics, aircraft maintenance, emergency procedures and the principles of unmanned aviation. We will also train your pilots in the applicable state and federal laws, share best practices, and provide information on overcoming public resistance.

In addition to the classroom training, your pilots will receive hands-on flight training. The students will develop their skills and pilot the sUAS in an outdoor environment under the direct supervision of a licensed flight instructor. The student will master a series of flight maneuvers and learn how to apply the classroom training through scenarios.

This comprehensive program has been specifically designed for public safety agencies. Captain Bill Bongle (Ret.) provides specialized sUAS training through strong law enforcement experience with policy development, public relations and liability. Captain Bongle is a licensed remote pilot has years of experience piloting sUAS and training new pilots.

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