AMA, Fly Robotics Launch UAS Training for Public Safety Officers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016 No Comments

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ (AMA) education department, in conjunction with Fly Robotics, has released a hands-on training course designed for public safety officers looking to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

According to AMA, the course will provide officers the knowledge needed to use UAS technology safely and effectively in their daily jobs.

Live flight training includes basic to intermediate flight skills training. Students are put through a series of flight exercises that test hand-eye coordination, as well as orientation management.

Students then apply the skills they learn through a series of scenarios: Each operator runs through a search-and-rescue mission, active shooter recon, suspicious package inspection, and structure fire site management training.

“Our first responder and public safety officials perform tremendous duties on a daily basis,” says Tim Hurley, Fly Robotics’ director of training. “Anytime we can hand them a new tool set to assist them in doing their jobs more effectively and efficiently, it’s a win for all of us. Highly accurate information instantaneously available to a degree we’ve never experienced before means resources used more effectively, safer streets, and most importantly, more lives saved.”

AMA has scheduled the courses to take place next year in San Antonio; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tenn.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

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