USI's VSO™ Certifications revolve 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™ Ground 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™) GROUND
The knowledge each crew-member needs to be proficient and ready for operations
USI’s Visual Line-of-Sight Operations (VSO) Ground certification program includes the curricula necessary to ensure adequate remote pilot-in-command knowledge-based 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.
Completion of USI's sUAS Safety Certification: Level 1 or hold a valid FAA Remote Pilot Certificate
Optional coursework that supports the certification
Successfully pass proctor VSO Ground exam
VSO CERTIFICATION EXAM TOPICS INCLUDE:
Initial qualification training
Basic system safety
Site survey and risk management
Safety best practices
VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT SYSTEM OPERATIONS (VSO™) FLIGHT
The training each crew-member needs to be proficient and ready for operations
USI’s Visual Line-of-Sight Operations (VSO) Flight certification program includes all the hands-on training necessary to ensure adequate remote pilot-in-command flight 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 and ability to apply concepts of unmanned aviation safety to real-time unmanned operations.