The shared objective is to educate, train and certify the elite in unmanned safety and to go beyond proficiency to create UAS industry leaders.
ORLANDO, FL– Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the leading aviation-based safety training and industry certification provider for unmanned operations, has teamed with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to address unmanned aerial systems (UAS) safety and education nationally.
CAP and USI have agreed to cooperate on enhancing aviation and UAS safety and education at every level of both partnering organizations, including communications and coordination with other agencies and groups throughout the U.S.
“Civil Air Patrol provides a valuable and important pathway for the pilots who will become a significant portion of the military and commercial workforce for both manned and unmanned aviation,” said Josh Olds, USI president and co-founder. “USI is honored to work with CAP on the development of a lasting working relationship focused on exploring and developing opportunities for expanded aviation and UAS safety education to CAP and other USI members.”
CAP, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is committed to advancing safety in aviation and ensuring that the growing UAS sector benefits from aviation safety best practices.
“As part of our mission is to support America’s communities through emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power, Civil Air Patrol recognizes the importance and significance of UAS in the future of our nation’s aerospace system,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO. “We also recognize USI’s proven abilities and resources to provide the education and training needed for aviation and UAS safety across our national footprint, and are proud to partner with them.”
In response to the new agreement with CAP, USI is creating special offerings for students involved in CAP curricula in middle school and high school, as well as home school programs.
“We recognize the hardships placed on both traditional and home-schooled academic providers as a result of COVID-19 and want to give these students virtual opportunities to begin their UAS training now,” Olds said.
About Civil Air Patrol Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 110 lives in fiscal 2019. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually.
The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 170 instructors and over 10,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI is the global leader in UAS training and certification, delivering the most highly regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small UAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications and Unmanned Connect™ workforce development initiative. USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers and incorporated into aviation association professional development programs, and have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at www.UnmannedSafetyInstitute.org.
Panama City, FL – Gulf Coast State College and the Unmanned Safety Institute are partnering to offer an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Pilot Boot Camp. The program is a condensed pathway to industry certification and is delivered in an online format taught by qualified and certified instructors. Students will receive up to eight industry certifications and college credit.
Financial aid and scholarships are available and the program will be no cost to the student. No experience in flying unmanned aircraft is necessary. Priority will be given to those currently in the military, exiting the military and to their spouses. The first cohort starts on June 15.
Training provider builds upon its workforce development and aviation safety-based certifications to drive standardization of knowledge and skills into evolving workforce needs.
Orlando, FL -- Unmanned Safety Institute, the leading aviation-based safety training provider for unmanned operations, today launched a new digital badging program for its certification holders. Individuals who complete coursework/training and earn a passing score on one of the proctored exams or operational evaluations will earn an Unmanned Safety Institute digital credential.
”By providing a secure, digital representation of Unmanned Safety Institute safety and operational certifications, our over ten thousand credentialed pilots can more easily manage, share and make use of their credentials within their networks, across social media platforms and on their resumes,” said Josh Olds, President of USI. “For employers, our digital badges make it easy to standardize current remote pilot teams, identify individuals with the knowledge and skills commensurate to the size and complexity of their operations, and to verify that those skillsets are relevant and up-to-date.”
USI is working with Credly, the digital credentialing leader, to provide digital badges. Credly collaborates with top global training providers, credential issuers, associations and academic institutions that are similarly focused on the power of verified skills and achievements. Credly’s Acclaim platform transforms knowledge, skills and achievements into digital credentials that empower individuals to connect with learning and career opportunities.
"Employers are building entire talent strategies backed by digital credentials to make more informed, efficient decisions around new hires, talent allocation, and team building, "said Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO of Credly. "Unmanned Safety Institute is preparing a uniquely qualified and skilled workforce for the future of aviation technology, and their digital credentials serve as valuable decision-making tools for employers in this emerging field."
PORT ST JOE, FL - The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the industry leader in remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, today announced an industry partnership with the Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition (EDRC) to promote and provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training opportunities to the EDRC community members around the world.
The Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition is part of Stone Fort Group’s InnovateEnergy Community, which provides content, executive insights, thought leadership, “how-to” and real-world use cases to its global audience of 20,000+ energy executives and digital innovation leaders. The Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition hosts a yearly summit, which is dedicated to providing a space for launching, growing, and scaling enterprise unmanned systems operations in energy companies around the world.
EDRC and USI will combine resources to promote industry connectivity and encourage professional development opportunities for members of their community, such as drone service providers. EDRC’s course catalog will include USI’s full suite of training and industry certifications, including the sUAS Safety Ground School, UAS Flight Safety Endorsement, Visual Line-of-Sight System Operations (VSO™), FAA Remote Pilot Practice Exam, UAS 101, Unmanned Systems Foundations, UAS Applications, UAS Personnel, and Unmanned Safety Management.
“EDRC is the leading resource for technology benefits to the energy industry. USI is very pleased to support their effort with tried and tested risk management and safety solutions,” stated USI President Josh Olds.
Sean Guerre, Executive Director of EDRC, said, “We are excited to work with USI to promote so many key types of training and industry certifications for our growing community of energy, engineering and industrial UAS professionals.”
Port St. Joe, FL-- Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) and Gulf Coast State College will host the first Unmanned Safety Day on Friday, November 8 at the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College. Held in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Safety Awareness Week, the free Unmanned Safety Day will focus on educating students and the community on topics of drone safety, professionalism, applications, and opportunities in the industry.
In addition to a drone workshop and networking, attendees will be able to practice flying drones on Zephyr simulators, enter to win drone safety-related prizes, and watch a flight demo hosted by Skyborne Technology.
“This is a collaborative opportunity to learn about drone careers in different industry clusters, provide hands-on demonstrations and simulator sessions and promote safe drone operations both commercially and recreationally,” said Josh Olds, president of Unmanned Safety Institute. “Unmanned Safety Day will serve as the grand-opening of an important new facility in the region for unmanned safety resources. In addition, it will serve as a valuable workshop on the importance of aviation-based safety in unmanned flight.”
The event is an integral part of Unmanned Safety Institute’s investment in the Gulf Coast community where it established headquarters at the Gulf Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College in Port St. Joe earlier this year, opening the USI Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence is a hub of structured and data driven remote pilot education, training and safety certification designed to drive workforce development for the region and industry.
Attendees will have the chance to interact with local professionals that are currently using unmanned technology including Gulf Coast State College’s Unmanned Vehicle Systems Program Manager Tony Lopez-Baquero and Michael Lawson, CEO of Skyborne Technology, Inc.
Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the industry leader in remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, announced their partnership with Zephyr Drone Simulator developer, Little Arms Studios to offer the industry’s leading simulation training solution to USI’s learners.
ORLANDO, FL-- Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) announced today that they will be establishing the first-in-the-nation Unmanned Safety Institute - Center of Excellence, a remote pilot training and safety certification center, at Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) in Port St. Joe, Florida.
In 2019, Unmanned Safety Institute celebrates five years of implementing and promoting best-in-class aviation-based safety practices into the unmanned industry. The USI Center of Excellence brings exclusive leading unmanned safety and education training programs to a region dedicated to workforce development, specifically in aviation and unmanned technology skillsets. The commercial training site at the Gulf/Franklin Campus will enable organizations to obtain safety-based unmanned aircraft training with USI’s structured education, training and evaluation standards for competent and professional remote pilots. As automation of unmanned technology increases, the skillsets of remote pilots operating them must transform as well. The Center for Excellence offers real-world experience in safety best practices imbuing confidence and expertise in risk averse operations; fully automated or entirely remote pilot controlled.
“The USI Center of Excellence is the next step in the evolution of our company, demonstrating our commitment to promote professional and standards-based training in the unmanned industry, increasing aviation-based skillsets and developing a highly qualified and standardized workforce for Gulf County and the rest of the unmanned industry,” said Josh Olds, President of Unmanned Safety Institute. “This partnership gives learners a competitive advantage as they pursue or change careers while bolstering the unmanned workforce with truly professional remote pilots on all sizes and complexities of aircraft. It also enables USI to expand the scale and reach of our training capabilities, delivering our award-winning programs to remote pilots throughout Florida, the U.S., and the global UAS community.”
USI recently entered into a collaborative agreement with Textron Unmanned Systems to create an employment pipeline for college students, secondary students, exiting military personnel and adult learners interested in pursuing an unmanned career pathway. Qualified students will have the opportunity to participate in unmanned aircraft training in accordance with Textron Systems’ training standards, backed by more than one million UAS flight hours. Textron Systems and USI will be working together to ensure that the new program offers resources that support classroom and flight activity directly related to Textron Systems’ unmanned aircraft systems. The USI Center of Excellence will directly support this effort.
USI’s certifications are part of a three-tired safety program that demonstrate increasing levels of certification tied to training and education:
Safety Level 1: Part 107 low-risk operations for aircraft 20 pounds and under
sUAS Safety Certification™ Level 1
sUAS Safety Certification™ Level 2
Visual Line-of-Sight System Operations (VSO™)
Safety Level 2: Complex operations with medium to high risk for aircraft greater than 20 pounds
Advanced Unmanned Safety™ Level 1
Advanced Unmanned Safety™ Level 2
Advanced Unmanned System Operations (AUSO™)
Safety Level 3- Vetted education, training, and credentials for experience-based certification
Professional Remote Operator Levels
Providing a one-stop shop for unmanned systems technology, the USI Center of Excellence will connect academia and industry to advance the use and commercialization of UAS technology. As the opportunities in the unmanned industry increase and expand to include applications such as post-disaster inspection, wildlife conservation, and product delivery, USI’s curriculum enables remote pilots to obtain elite industry certification ensuring they are well prepared to lead the unmanned industry into the future.
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About Unmanned Safety Institute
The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 170 instructors and over 8,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI is the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small UAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications. USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, incorporated into aviation association professional development programs, and have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at www.UnmannedSafetyInstitute.org.
ORLANDO, Fla. – 5/2/2019 – The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the industry leader in remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, will collaborate with Textron Systems, a business of Textron, Inc. (NYSE:TXT), to implement Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) operator training into university curriculums, helping prospective unmanned systems operators with certification.
The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the industry leader in remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, today announced a partnership with Helicopter Association International (HAI) to provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training to HAI members around the world. Through this partnership, HAI members will receive a 15 percent discount on their courses when accessed through HAI’s Online Academy portal.
The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the industry leader in remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, has partnered with BarCharts Publishing, Inc to provide remote pilots with a durable guide outlining rules and concepts for the commercial operation of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). BarCharts Publishing, Inc has been publishing quick-reference materials for customers around the world for nearly 30 years. They have produced more than 600 QuickStudy® laminated quick-reference guides in a variety of subjects which are available at more over 15,000 retail locations, including school bookstores, groceries stores, and major book retailers.