Course Detail: SUAS-4000L2 - TOP Level 2 in association with AUVSI [sUAS 4000L2]

Two sUAS in a hazy sky

Overview

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Trusted Operator Program* (TOP) Level 2 Certification is designed for remote pilots who have completed AUVSI TOP Level 1 certification. This program is available online with a required Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) scheduled at a later date. Level 2 certification is for operators who require a CFR Part 107 waiver, a visual observer or sensor operator, or those who fall outside the CFR Part 107 regulation. This course may be taken individually or toward satisfaction of Embry-Riddle's AUVSI TOP professional education certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Level 2 certification builds upon the skills and knowledge of TOP Level 1 and provides an in-depth analysis of the following learning outcomes:

  • Operations that require a FAR Part 107 waiver
  • Operations that require a visual observer, or sensor operator
  • Operations with elevated risk factors or complexity including, but not limited to; operations close to airports, helipads, populated areas, people and livestock.

Operators are required to already possess a current CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate and AUVSI TOP Level 1 certification.

Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) RequirementsTwo operators flying a sUAS over desert

  • Students must develop apparatus used for flight assessment according to NIST standards for virtual PFA.
  • Student is responsible for appropriate streaming platform required for virtual PFA.
  • Students must use their own commercial, off-the-shelf aircraft with a gimbaled RGB camera (e.g., DJI Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Yuneec Typhoon H).
  • Students must provide proof of current RPC.
  • Students must provide a current logbook.
  • Students must have commercial liability insurance in place during their PFA (Verifly, SkyWatch AI, or similar with 1 million liability).
  • Flight standards will be in accordance with ASTM F3266.7100 and flown on a NIST apparatus.
  • Batteries must be OEM and not modified.
  • There is no guarantee that the student will pass the PFA. This course is for experienced users only.  Recommends students possess flight training prior to attending this course.
  • Transportation to/from the classroom and flight area is the responsibility of the student, if attending in person.

Upcoming PFA Schedule:

Please note: Embry-Riddle is not responsible if weather precludes completion of the PFA. PFAs are typically planned for weekends. However, Embry-Riddle reserves the right to schedule in accordance with group size.

*Trusted Operator Program is the trademark of AUVSI


Available Sessions