Do public agencies need a pilot to fly a drone?

The answer may surprise you. “Under Section 334, Public UAS operators have the ability to self-certify their equipment and personnel, but…

How can public safety “drone” operators gain the knowledge to safely operate publicly owned drones? Contact The Drone Professor to schedule our Public Agency UAV/Drone Operator Ground School training for your public safety personnel.

The Drone Professors’ Remote Pilot Certification Study Course is intended for public safety personnel, both sworn and non-sworn, who are interested in obtaining their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate under FAR Part 107 OR for agencies who need to TRAIN personnel under a COA/Waiver to the level required by the COA approval. This course will provide the basics for the student to prepare to successfully take the FAA Remote Pilot Certification exam. The FAAA Exam is NOT included in the course and must be scheduled and paid separately with the appropriate testing provider.

What information should the local LEO provide to the FAA when responding to Drone complaints?

TARGET AUDIENCE: Members of Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue and Emergency, Medical Service, First Responders, and administrators. This training is also valuable for agency employees and/or rated pilots who have are or will be working with or acting as UAS operators or pilots.  We can also schedule classes AT YOUR LOCATION.

  • New UAS Courses are in development, custom courses are also available. 
Upcoming Training Events:

11-2-17: Boston, Mass

11-7-17 Wichita Falls, Texas

11-18-17: AOPA Part 107 Drone Seminar
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

11-13-17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Recent training events: 
Texas City Police Department
Texas City/Houston, Texas

  • Valencia College, Orlando:

    Introduction to Drones, Responding to Drone Complaints, & Florida’s §934.50

  • Gulf Coast Public Safety:

    Introduction to Drones, UAS Safety
  • Pat Thomas Academy
    Introduction to Drones


Call  or email today: – 850 579 0705
or – 850-251-1223

TheDroneProfessorUAS (or Drone) operations can be expected to play and increasing role in law enforcement and public safety, as well as presenting new challenges for law enforcement response.

These courses focus on the integration of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) into the law enforcement and the general public safety arena as well as preparation for response to drone complaints and incidents involving unmanned aircraft. This training series offers a broad view of the applications and implications for UAVS in Public Service as well as training for specific UAS operations.      

The Training Courses include:

  • Introduction to  Drones – 1918 to present
  • Law Enforcement Response to Drone Complaints
  • UAS Mission Planning
  • UAS Safety Operations
  • UAS Maintenance Operations
  • UAS Applications for Public Safety
  • Training for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification (Part 107)
  • Pursuing the COA/Waiver Process
  • Weather and Low Altitude Flight Considerations

Custom UAS Training Programs can be provided on request