Unmanned Safety Institute's Certificate Program in Unmanned Safety.


Here is the course outline:

1. Orientation

The Systems course is divided into six units of study. Each unit varies in length and difficulty with a standardized structure consisting of required readings, assignments, and progress assessments. This orientation will familiarize you, the learner, with our learning management system, course delivery format, and the Small UAS Safety Certificate program.

2. (Unit 1) UAS Foundations

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have a long history of injecting change and solving problems facing the traditional aviation sector, from providing militaries with long-range standoff weapons to reducing the risk of reconnaissance flight. UAS have now made the initial transition of military technology to consumer technology. UAS advocates have rushed these systems to market, championing their benefits and glossing over their sizable limits. Regulators and aviation stakeholders have been slow to adapt, but are just starting to make meaningful accommodations that could usher in a new golden age for aviation.

3. (Unit 2) Robotic Aircraft

In this unit, we explored details of robotic aircraft and discovered how they fly and navigate so seemingly effortlessly through the skies overhead. We looked at the aerodynamics of sUAS and the forces acting on these aircraft, including how to utilize control surfaces and changes in rotor speeds to induce moments and forces on aircraft, allowing them to maneuver through the air. We examined the different configurations of both fixed- and rotary-wing sUAS and learned about the pros and cons of each. We also looked at the past, present, and future of robotic aircraft with the hopes that you, the student, gained valuable knowledge and a new respect and interest in this new and exciting field of unmanned aviation.

4. (Unit 3) Datalinks

Unmanned systems require datalinks to communicate back and forth from the air vehicle to the ground control station and vice versa. Due to a UAS not having an onboard pilot, commands must be made electronically to ensure control of the air vehicle. There is also a requirement for the health of the aircraft and payload information to be relayed back down to the operator. This is all accomplished via radio transmission of specially coded information through air wave transmission. Due to the nature of radio communications, there are some anomalies we need to be aware of to ensure the information is transmitted and received in full. Exploring several of these influencers will assist any UAS professional in being a safer and more competent operator.

5. (Unit 4) UAS Control

Due to the dynamics of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) integration and the need to be able to control the Air Vehicle (AV) from the ground, advances in ground station development have occurred at a rapid rate. The Ground Control Station (GCS) takes the pilot out of the aircraft, but not out of the “cockpit.” The GCS is a modified and simulated cockpit that has many advantages, as well as disadvantages, as compared to manned flight. Some of these advantages are that the pilot is not in harm’s way and that autonomy affords a higher state of precision work. Some disadvantages are that new human factor issues are still associated with GCS design.

6. (Unit 5) Payloads

Small UAS (sUAS) are able to fly in areas and at altitudes that have eluded remote-sensing professionals in the past. The promise of low cost and high resolution has made sUAS one of the most disruptive technologies in a field dominated by expensive satellite and aircraft platforms. This chapter will explore the sensors and science behind the acquisition of environmental information from a sUAS flying overhead.

7. End of Course Assessment

EOC to measure knowledge of learning objectives.

8. (Unit 6) UAS Applications

This unit explored topics associated with the application of UAS technology and provided specific examples of UAS used in the three major user sectors: government, commercial, and scientific. Independent of the type of application, all UAS operations share a common flight profile. This unit explores these stages and some of the associated challenges and limitations.

9. ( Unit 7) UAS and The Elements

UAS are being called upon to fill unique operational that take place in a complex and dynamic environment. This necessitates careful and deliberate planning, knowledge of the UA and its performance limitations, recognition of the crew’s own abilities, and an understanding of the environment where the operation takes place. One of the largest factors affecting UAS operations is weather. This unit explores weather patterns that are the product of uneven heating and circulation of air within the earth’s atmosphere. Learners will also be exposed to weather products designed to help pilots make meaningful decisions about the environment.

10. (Unit 8) Remote Pilot Professionalism

For the UAS industry to expand, remote pilots will need to distinguish themselves from the hobbyist. The greatest differentiator will be the professionalism of the remote pilot. Remote pilots are the newest addition to the aviation profession, which is held in high regard and joins other professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, and engineers. This newly established profession will be built by knowledgeable, responsible, and skillful individuals that execute their duties in an ethical and competent manner.

11. (Unit 9) UAS Rules and Regulations

Small UAS (sUAS) flight operations take place in a complex airspace system that has a dedicated regulatory agency and thousands of federal employees working around the clock to ensure the safe execution of air commerce. With the 2016 release of Part 107, sUAS flight operations are allowed into this system, and it is imperative that remote pilots understand and follow the rules and regulations of the sky

12. (Unit 10) Airspace Operations

The vast majority of UAS operations will occur in Class G airspace, low to the ground, and far from airports and their associated flight activities. However it is imperative that professional remote pilots understand the process and procedures needed to fly near airports and in controlled airspace. The knowledge gained in this unit will prepare remote pilots to access and safely operate in the National Airspace System.

13. End of Course Assessment

EOC to measure knowledge of learning objectives

14. (Unit 11) Human Factors and UAS

humans can process at once. However, as we gain experience with the information of a particular type of work, our processing of that information becomes increasingly efficient. However, efficiency gained by relying on assumptions rather than actively monitoring information can cause changes to go undetected. Those undetected changes can lead to errors and aviation accidents. Automation is often introduced into work systems as a means to offload work from humans and reduce opportunities for errors. This unit points out that automation instead tends to introduce new types of work and errors.

15. (Unit 12) Crew Resource Management

Crew Resource Management (CRM) is a management technique that remote pilots and UAS crews can employ to reduce and trap human errors. CRM has been wildly accepted in the professional aviation, military, health care, and earth exploration industries to identify and limit latent failures. This unit will help remote pilots develop these soft skills and learn effective ways to increase their situation awareness.

16. (Unit 13) Aeronautical Decision Making

As UAS become more automated, the human’s role becomes one of monitoring and making decisions. Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is a process designed to help pilots make sound decisions and reduce the risk of an accident. Arguably, these are the most important skills any UAS remote pilot can learn. ADM needs to be practiced and evaluated for anyone to gain proficiency.

17. End of Course Assessment

EOC to measure knowledge of learning objectives.

18. (Unit 14) An Introduction to Aviation Safety

This unit will introduce the learner to the concepts of aviation safety. Aviation safety is borne out of a long history of tragedy and disaster. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and the International Civil Aviation Organization, have consolidated the lessons learned from these disasters to create a safety management structure that will help improved UAS operations. This management structure known as SMS has four distinct parts. This unit will explore the first part known as safety policy and illustrate the steps required to implement a working SMS.

19. (Unit 15) Safety Risk Management

UAS operations are often unique, new mission sets, new locations, and new aircraft. UAS companies will need to dedicate sufficient resources to Safety Risk Management (SRM), prior to starting any new operation. SRM is a distinct process of identifying hazards, assessing risk, analyzing risk, and controlling risk. This unit will explore these topics and provide remote pilots with an understanding of both deliberate and time critical risk analysis tools.

20. (Unit 16) Safety Assurance

As the UAS industry matures, companies will be looking to increase efficacy and safety. Safety Assurance is a monitoring and feedback system to provide actionable information to the organization’s management team. This unit will introduce remote pilots to the behind the scenes data collection activities that enable the assessment of the effectiveness of safety risk controls put in place. By understanding the safety assurance process, remote pilots will be able to help inform their company’s decisions and improve their own safety records.

21. (Unit 17) Safety Promotion

The goal of all safety programs is a vibrant and positive safety culture. This last unit in the Small UAS Safety series is dedicated to understanding how companies promote safety within the organization. Learners will explore strategies to include; safety communications, training and education programs.

22. End of Course Assessment

EOC to measure knowledge of learning objectives.

23. End Of Course Survey

This survey allows you to provide feedback as to the content, flow, and learning achieved in the course.