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.