5-Day Certificate Course for Managers



FEBRUARY 12-16, 2018

FIU BBC Training Area


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are becoming more and more common in the national airspace system (NAS), and their use in emergency response is becoming invaluable to the agencies that utilize them.

This 40-hour workshop will provide a framework for emergency responders, airspace managers and UAS operators to examine the challenges associated with deploying UAS and to demonstrate the advantage that they offer in disaster response and recovery. Workshop presentations will discuss the use of UAS in disaster response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation.


*** NOTE: This course is an advanced-level course designed for emergency management personnel and UAS professionals.  This is not a entry-level Part 107 test preparation course. 

The presentations will also discuss the various types of UAS, as well as the current regulations on UAS.  Live demonstrations will be conducted to allow participants the opportunity to understand UAS safety and their value to responders and the civilian populations they protect.  The workshop will include two full days of scenario-based immersion problem solving to provide participants with decision making opportunities to enhance their knowledge. Participants will be assigned to small groups to solve Hurricane Irma scenarios using UAS and their integration into the Incident Command Structure.  


A registration questionnaire will collect information on each participant’s level of experience and knowledge in his/her area of expertise.  This will enable the workshop planners to balance and optimize experience levels for each of the five table top exercise teams.  This will provide each participant with an opportunity to:

•       Contribute their expertise and experience 

•       Team with other experts in UAS operations and emergency response

•       Develop UAS applications in realistic operational contexts.


This workshop is taught by highly experienced, professional instructors with public safety experience and is a must for organizations and agencies seeking to use UAS technology to save lives and protect property.



First responders, emergency management government officials (city, county, and state), airspace managers, airport managers, private/commercial pilots, UAS developers and UAS operators.


  • Nathaniel Clutch

  • John Lambert

  • Anthony Loperfido

  • Tom Oatmeyer

  • Don Shinnamon

  • Kyle Snyder

  • Christopher Todd

  • Jay Wilmott

  • Tom Zajkowsky


All participants:

  • Learn about UAS policy, operations and best practices from industry and public safety experts.

  • Participate in tailored breakout sessions for each of the three participant groups: UAS operators, airspace managers and emergency management officials.

  • Witness representative UAS demonstrations and interact with instructors to interpret UAS sensor data and execute cooperative UAS operations.

  • Contribute and learn in an interactive, immersive environment with experts in other aspects of safely operating UAS and manned aircraft.  

  • Our small groups are structured to allow each participant to have a role, make decisions and contribute to the cohort’s level of understanding.

  • Each of the five teams will solve Hurricane Irma scenario-based problems leading to five independent approaches to benefit all participants.

  • Participants will have a hand in crafting future policies and procedures to (1) enable more efficient emergency and disaster responses, (2) reduce the cost of damages and recovery, and (3) manage safer searches and rescues.  


Emergency Management and Public Safety Officials:

  • Understand the value of UAS, their sensors and information in emergency scenarios

  • Experience the interaction with airspace managers when deploying UAS

  • Experience scenario-driven developments requiring responsive Search and Rescue (SAR)

  • Test and make recommendations on existing procedures such as the UAS SAR Addendum to the National SAR Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime SAR Manual


Airspace Managers and Pilots:

  • Manage the demands for airborne assets in response to emergencies and make decisions on safe asset allocation

  • Learn how to be responsive to the needs of Incident Commanders

  • Learn how to optimize all available air assets, both manned and unmanned

  • Understand the communications issues of deploying UAS and safely managing their airspace, especially when shared with manned aircraft


UAS Developers and Service Providers

  • Serve as scenario (UAS) Remote Pilots in Command (PIC) responding to airspace managers in support of emergency Incident Commanders

  • Interact with emergency management professionals learning to employ UAS during disasters, manned aircraft pilots responding to the same emergencies and the managers controlling the airspace.

  • Collaboratively develop new UAS techniques and procedures.