Visual Line of Sight System Operations (VSO)

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A Certificate Program Designed for the Professional Remote Pilot.

USI's VSO Certification revolves around practical application of lessons-learned in tradtional aviation and USI's Instructional Programs.  The program consists of four requirements:

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Admission & Entrance Requirements.

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:

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Success Stories

"...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 crewmember is trained, proficient, and ready for company operations

Offered through various USI Partner Academy™ facilities across the nation, USI’s Visual Line-of-Sight Operations (VSO) certificate 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.

PREREQUISITES INCLUDE:

  1. Completion of one of USI’s online flight safety training programs (Small UAS SAfety Ground School or Small UAS Safety Certification) 

  2. Complete approved flight training from a USI Certified Instructor ™

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Program administration

  • Initial qualification training

  • Basic indoctrination

  • Ground training

  • Simulation training

  • Flight training

  • Initial operational proficiency and experience assessment

  • Skill-building exercises

  • Record-keeping skills

  • Instructor training


 Utilizing a variety of facilities, training techniques, check airmen, courseware and instructional delivery methods, we offer some of the industry’s most comprehensive training available. Offered to individual students through our trusted and accredited academic partners, our VSO training ensures you’re more than capable of remote flight. Contact us now for more information.

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