UAS Nighttime Operators Course

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

*California POSt certified

October 19-20, 2023 - Fountain Valley, California

Advanced Ops offered immediately preceding this course (Oct. 16-18)

January 25-26, 2024 - Fountain Valley, California

Advanced Ops offered immediately preceding this course (Jan. 22-24)

Course 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 the 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:

  • 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

Course Information

Course Length: 2 days (16 hours total)
Max Class Size: 15 Students
Equipment: All training equipment is provided by the RTC

Recommended Prerequisite: RTC 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: UAS Operators and Supervisors / SWAT & Tactical Teams
Notes: None


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