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Public Safety Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) MOOC is a Course

Public Safety Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) MOOC

Nov 18 - Dec 1, 2019


Full course description

Course Date:

Nov 18 - Dec 1, 2019


2 weeks


2-4 hrs/week



Course Type:





This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) as applied to the Public Safety sector (Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, and Emergency Response), including basic types, characteristics, applications, and current and future uses. It is designed for users primarily with public safety interests, and beneficial to interests in commercial, private/recreational, and educational sUAS applications. Specific importance is placed on the safety of flight within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where to fly and where to developing and utilizing operational documents, and flight planning tools. The MOOC also introduces the Federal Aviation Regulations that cover operations of sUAS, providing participants with the knowledge and resources to pursue further training, should they wish to become Public Safety, Commercial, or Recreational sUAS pilots. Students will learn the importance of flight standardization, operations considerations, and address challenges such as cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection.


To provide participants a baseline Public Safety perspective and understanding of various types of sUAS, how they operate, where they can operate, and how to operate them safely within the NAS.

Target Audience: This course is ideal for anyone interested in exploring integration of small unmanned aircraft systems into the public safety sector, and especially who want to learn to operate confidently, responsibly, and safely.

Course is offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Course Instructors

Scott Burgess

Scott Burgess

Lead Instructor

Dr. Burgess has 36 years of aviation experience that spans military helicopter (Cav/Atk) and strike fighter flight, as well as civil aviation in helicopter and unmanned aircraft flight, all of which includes instructor ratings, certificates, and licenses. He has developed and instructed live and online courses for 20 years, at two ERAU campuses.

Scott is the current Chairman of the UAS Committee for the Helicopter Association International and is an active member, publisher, and researcher with the US Helicopter Safety Team. He consults and performs as a SME on sUAS integration for manned flight organizations, drone inspections (post-disaster/infrastructure/power transmission), flight training and standardization, SAR and ISR applications. Dr. Burgess has been with Embry-Riddle since 1999, starting at the Prescott Campus where he authored the Helicopter Flight program before moving to Texas and the Worldwide campus. Recently, Dr. Burgess completed the AUVSI TOP™ Remote Pilot Instructor certification as the third RPI in the industry.

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