by AUVSI News
With more people flying UAS than ever before, the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) will begin offering UAS pilots of all skills an online course focused on the safe operation and usage of unmanned systems. The course, named SAFEGUARD, is meant to meet the demands of an industry that continues to grow, especially since the passing of the small UAS rule back in August. “By the end of 2016, there could be as many as three million consumer drones flying in the national airspace, posing a significant challenge and potentially serious risk to other aircraft flying with persons onboard,” said USI President Aaron Greenwald, through the Aviation Pros . With that in mind, the USI, which has experience working with law enforcement agencies and schools, will teach everyday users of UAS how to safely operate their aircraft. “Aimed specifically at hobbyists, SAFEGUARD fills a much needed gap in available training options for recreational flyers,” said Chris Proudlove, Senior Vice President – Manager Northeast Regional Office & UAS Risks for Global Aerospace. Some of the main focuses of the course will be how to operate UAS in adverse weather conditions, identifying and avoiding hazards while flying a UAS, and learning the current rules of the sky as implemented by the FAA.
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