Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Seminar & Industry Endorsement — Daytona Beach

A three-day course — taught by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Unmanned Safety Institute™ — designed for UAS program managers, engineers, UAS pilots & operators, and individuals seeking to obtain further knowledge of UAS operations.

UAS Workshop

Partnering to give you the best in Continuing Education!

Embry-Riddle has partnered with the Unmanned Safety Institute™ to offer a comprehensive UAS Seminar that will blend subject matter expertise with real world application, as well as offer participants the opportunity to earn industry recognized endorsement. This course will be beneficial for individuals preparing for the aeronautical knowledge test prescribed by FAR Part 107 (Small UAS Guidance).

This three-day Embry-Riddle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) course is designed to identify the key concepts, attributes, and challenges of UAS operations. Participants will receive 2.4 continuing education units (CEUs) for successful completion of this course through ERAU, as well as the Small UAS Safety Endorsement.

The UAS sector is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic segments within aviation industry. Currently the majority of UAS growth has been in support of military and security operations however, recent congressional mandates have unlocked a bourgeoning civilian market with interest in a broad range of uses such as aerial photography, precision agriculture, mapping, monitoring climate and environmental conditions, and public safety.

Attendees will gain knowledge of:

  •   UAS System Components and Classification
  •   UAS Regulatory Environment
  •   UAS Design and limitations
  •   Developing Standard Operating Procedures & Emergency Response Plans
  •   Safety Management Systems for UAS Operations
  •   Issues Associated with UAS Airspace Integration
  •   Future and Current Trends affecting the UAS Industry

The Unmanned Safety Institute™ is a professional flight safety organization for operators, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS safely for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety standards and training through the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety and training practices. USI certifications are recognized by many leading aviation insurance providers to include Global Aerospace, which selected USI as its official and exclusive UAS training provider under its SM4 Safety Initiative.  ARGUS International, Inc., acquired USI in 2016. USI is headquartered in Orlando, FL, with offices in Denver, CO, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH.

The Unmanned Safety Institute™ Small UAS Safety Endorsement is designed to increase your understanding and awareness of safety issues associated with small UAS operations and is recognized by the members of the Aviation Insurance industry. This course will examine, human factors, airspace integration of UAS, and ground safety protocols that will help your organization to build a safer tomorrow.

About the Workshop

Who Should Attend
  • UAS Engineers
  • Transitioning Military UAS Operators
  • Mission Coordinators
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Field Service Representatives
  • UAS Technicians
  • UAS Program Managers
  • UAV Enthusiasts
  • Insurance and Legal Professionals
  • UAS Operators & Pilots
  • Emergency Management Professionals 
Key Topics
  • The UAS Market
  • UAS Systems Design and Development
  • UAS Sensors Packages
  • UAS Safety Policy and Risk Management
  • UAS Navigation Systems
  • National Airspace System Integration
Labs & Resources
Embry-Riddle, in collaboration with URS, has built a state of the art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) laboratory for research and aircrew training. Embry Riddle’s lab is outfitted with URS’ X-Gen Unmanned Aircraft System Trainer which is designed and built around proven image generator software for real-time rendering of the UAS sensor view together with controls, displays, and a 2D tactical map for air vehicle operations. The X-Gen simulator accurately reproduces the Ground Control System (GCS) hardware and UAS flight characteristics of large internally piloted UAS.  Participants at the Daytona Beach Workshop will have the opportunity to tour the lab and observe scenarios (subject to approval).
Instructor Expertise

 This seminar is instructed by a variety of subject matter experts from the aviation and UAS industry; with expertise ranging from operations to design and manufacturing. 

John Robbins, Ph.D. is an agricultural and biological engineering expert with extensive flight experience who serves as the UAS program coordinator. Dr. Robbins teaches varied UAS courses.
Joe Cerreta, Ph.D. is a UAS industry expert with Hunter and Shadow instructor expertise as well as a designer of the Aerosonde  fee-for-services program. Dr. Cerreta teaches UAS Operations and Cross Country Data Entry.
Tom Haritos, Ed.S. is a graduate of the US Customs and Border Protection’s Predator B sensor operator ground school. Professor Haritos teaches Unmanned Sensing Systems.
Alex Mirot, MPA is a former USAF Predator instructor pilot and UAS subject matter expert. Professor Mirot teaches Introduction to UAS and UAS flight simulation courses. 
Phil Stiles, Esq. is the founder of Stiles Law, P.A. and provides strategic legal advice to the UAS industry, he specializes in UAS law and Section 333 FAA Petitions for Exemption. 
Pat Anderson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the Eagle Flight Research Center. He has research activities in hybrid tailsetter UAV development and agricultural UAV research and development.

  • When: Dec. 13-15, 2016
  • Where: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, Campus
  • Early Bird Course Fee: U.S. $1,400 (Prior to 9/15/16)
  • Standard Course Fee: U.S. $1,500

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