Phoenix Air Unmanned Selects USI's Small UAS Safety Certification

Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world-leader in remote pilot training and certification, announced today that Phoenix Air Unmanned has selected USI’s Small UAS Safety Certification™, as part of their initiative to offer highly professional unmanned training services at the Phoenix Air Unmanned Training & Evaluation Center (PAUTEC).

“USI is pleased to offer our award-winning Small UAS Safety Certification™ to Phoenix Air Unmanned and its team of professional remote pilots,” said USI President Aaron Greenwald. “We have worked with Phoenix Air Unmanned for years now and are very impressed with their level of commitment to aviation safety. Phoenix Air’s partnership with USI for its UAS safety training program further demonstrates the exceptional rigor of our Safety Certification program that was developed by elite aviators for elite aviators,” remarked Greenwald.

Phoenix Air Unmanned operates out of Cartersville, Georgia and is the sister company of internationally recognized Phoenix Air Group, Inc. Their training and evaluation center is situated on 20 acres of land on which they test and train different applications of UAS, including developing best practices and proper data capture techniques on utility structures.

“USI’s sUAS Safety Certification course is a comprehensive program that meets our need of establishing a baseline for our operators. USI has developed a program that is rigorous, highly informative and ensures our pilots are well-prepared for all areas of our operation,” said William Wheeler, UAS Operations Manager.

For more information on the professional services that Phoenix Air Unmanned offers, visit their website at

The Small UAS Safety Certification™ is comprised of four courses totaling over 180 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take USI’s credentialing exam leading to the Small UAS Safety Certification, an industry certification demonstrating expertise in the safe and professional application of remotely piloted aircraft making them highly qualified for careers in the burgeoning industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as “drones.” Students are then enrolled in USI’s Career Pathways Initiative, providing them with a direct link to employers that are looking for professional remote pilots. To date, more than 2,000 students have successfully completed the program which has already been approved by several State Departments of Education. USI’s program is currently being taught in more than 150 schools across 11 states. USI is in the process of expanding the program into other states across the country and is currently training teachers to facilitate the curriculum for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Courses in the curriculum, each earning students three credits, include:
• Unmanned Aircraft – six units of study including robotic aircraft and data links.
• UAS Applications – five units of study including applications, regulations, and operating in the NAS.
• UAS Personnel – three units of study including human factors and aeronautical decision making.
• Safety Management – four units of study including safety policy and safety risk management.

Unmanned Safety Institute offers a total of four courses that have been recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT. For a complete listing of these courses, please visit the Unmanned Safety Institute’s page on ACE CREDIT National Guide website.

About Unmanned Safety Institute

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute, widely recognized as “best-in-class” provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With over 150 instructors and over 4,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI widely recognized as the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind. USI is the only training and certification organization that is accepted by the FAA, endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, and whose training programs have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at

About Phoenix Air Unmanned

Based north of Atlanta in Cartersville, Georgia, Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC is a sister company of the internationally recognized Phoenix Air Group, Inc, an aviation firm responsible for world-wide air ambulance transport, high priority air cargo and government and military contracting services. In the fall of 2014, Phoenix Air Group, Inc was responsible for the safe transport of patients infected with the Ebola virus in Africa back to the United States.

Started by one of the most trusted names in aviation, Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC is committed to implementing best practices in unmanned flight, maintaining a fleet of best-in-class aircraft and payloads and setting an industry standard for certified UAS flight crews.

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