Unmanned Safety Institute

We care about the future of the aviation industry and the workforce that will supply the unmanned community.  We take pride in educating, training, and certifying the elite in unmanned safety to go beyond proficiency and create industry leaders, innovators, visionaries, and aviators. Take pride in the credentials earned through USI as you are joining the future of unmanned aviation.  Let's go there together.



Safety is the freedom from conditions that can cause death, injury, occupational illness, damage to or loss of equipment or property, or damage to the environment.


We understand that people, property, and equipment have value and should be treated in a serious and appropriate way.


UAS remote pilots should strive for excellence in their operations, putting in maximum effort every time, diligently working to improve and striving for the highest possible quality in their work.  Excellence is embodied in professional development, setting and obtaining high standards, ensuring everyone associated with the unmanned vehicle is properly trained for the operation and taking the time to do things correctly and safely.


Knowing that you are ultimately the person who has the power to cause something to happen and have an obligation to perform your duties as required and expected because it is morally right, legally required, or will affect others.

Safety Ecossytem

Unmanned Safety Institute Safety Ecosystem

The Unmanned Safety Institute® brings over 30 years of experience in UAS flight safety operations, employing subject matter experts from disciplines including human factors, aeronautics, autonomous technology, safety assurance, and many more.




  • Internal Organizational Audits
  • External Vendor Audits


  • Unmanned Manual Support
  • Checklists
  • Field Manuals
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Vendor Vetting Documentation
  • Etc.


  • System Selection
  • Organizational Structure
  • Internal Buy-in
  • Complex Operations Requirements


Education, Training, and Certification


  • Hobbyist/Recreational Safety Education
  • Hazard Identification
  • UAS Manager
  • Safety Management System
  • Visual Observer
  • UAS Personnel
  • UAS Applications
  • UAS Foundations
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Part 107 Prep Course and Exam


  • System Training
  • Software Training
  • Currency/Proficiency
  • Hour Building
  • Training Frameworks for all Sized Systems


  • Safety and Operational Knowledge
  • Skill Based
  • Scenario Based
  • Professional Achievement




  • Safety Policy
  • Safety Assurance
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Safety Promotion


  • Experience
  • Certification
  • Training
  • Qualifications
  • Risk Acceptance


  • Systems mission ready status
  • Reliability statistics
  • Inventory
  • Time Between Failure

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect..”

― Captain A. G. Lamplugh


“I have studied unmanned systems for several years investigating their potential application in emergency management, public service and scientific research. A large part of my research focuses on the training and procedures necessary to develop a safe and competent UAS team. As a student of USI, I can attest that their courses have been invaluable towards that effort and have made me a better pilot. I strongly recommend USI to hobbyist and professional organizations alike.”

-Rob Banford, Director of Unmanned Systems Application Research Project

“Josh and USI were recommended to us by Northwestern Michigan College and within a couple of weeks of connecting, we got the program going. Josh provided us with a lot of information, and always immediately followed up any meeting with emails and phone calls. He made sure that everyone involved had a total, in-depth understanding of what they were purchasing with the curriculum."

-Jim Rummer, CTE Administrator of Charlevoix-Emmet ISD

"My friend and I were trying to get a waiver to fly in downtown Charleston WV 2 weeks ago. We were contracted by American Idol Productions to film their bus rolling into town for the talent auditions. Both of us submitted the paperwork through skyward.io and the first go round we were denied (a flaw in the system). We re-submitted paperwork for the following day. He was denied and I was accepted. The difference being that I uploaded my safety certs with my request. We can only figure that those had made the difference because the submissions were identical otherwise."

-Matthew Payne, Lead Faculty for Technical Programs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

“The people at USI are always courteous and willing to solve issues. This is a very adaptable program and I can easily adjust it for individual learner needs. There are many extra lessons and activities for each chapter and we have been able to adapt it to so we can provide robust flying practice and mission planning. The Small UAS Safety Certification adds the safety aspect and good business practice for becoming a commercial UAS Pilot, and makes studying for the FAA Part 107 Exam much easier.”

-Robert LaPoint, Science Teacher and Small UAS Safety Certification Instructor at Harbor Springs High School

“As the first high school in Texas to utilize the USI curriculum for UAS operations and certification, I look forward to many more years of affiliation with USI”

-Tommy Bowers, Engineering Teacher and sUAS Safety Certification Instructor at C.F. Brewer High School


We believe all unmanned operations are equally important, especially for the individual remote pilot.

Our company is needed in promoting safe operations across the industry, and we do whatever we can to make all programs a success.  Discover the future of unmanned flight through USI - Training for tomorrow, today.

Why USI?

There are many training organizations, but our safety standards prove we have a good thing going here at Unmanned Safety Institute. We provide unparalleled support and service to our clients and they respect us, and that is what sets our company apart from others.

If you have questions regarding our company, you should give us a call. We will do everything possible to make sure we are the right fit for your organization.


We won't brag about our clients successes, but we feel really proud of what we have managed in a short amount of time in a new industry and to the standard at which we have accomplished it.