A Certification Designed for the Professional Remote Pilot.
USI's VSO™ Certification revolves around practical application of lessons-learned in traditional aviation. Learn more about VSO Certification Exam Topics below. Preparatory curriculum and training frameworks also available.
Important Note: Curriculum is available through USI to prepare for the exam but not required to sit for the proctored certification exam
Our students come from all over the world and are united by a common goal: to promote flight safety and professionalism through continuous learning. The Institute offers the VSO Certification to qualified individuals who possess the following:
"...I believe their (USI) training changed how I view UAS operations. USI’s emphasis on safety is what separates them from all other UAS providers and courses. The courses I participated in highlighted the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the importance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and checklists, and the correct methods of conducting site survey considerations prior to takeoff. Upon my first week with Trihydro, I revised all of the SOPs and checklists to emphasis the importance of safety. Without USI’s safety training I would not have had the knowledge or background to provide changes to these documents..."
- Dustin Peltola
VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT SYSTEM OPERATIONS (VSO™)
Ensure each crew-member is trained, proficient, and ready for company operations
USI’s Visual Line-of-Sight Operations (VSO) certification program includes all the hands-on and curricula necessary to ensure adequate remote pilot-in-command training for every student. Our goal is to guarantee total immersion into the systems and techniques of unmanned flight in order to ensure a complete understanding of aircraft systems, performance parameters, emergency drills and procedures, FARs, the ATC system, meteorology and weather, operations specifications, MELs, launch and recovery.