Course Detail: SUAS-4030L3PFA - TOP Level 3 Recertification Practical Flight Assessment in association with AUVSI [sUAS 4030L3PFA]

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Trusted Operator Program? (TOP) Level 3 Recertification Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) is designed for TOP Level 3 remote pilots seeking recertification. AUVSI requires TOP Level 3 pilots recertify every 2 years. Students must complete all TOP Level 3 recertification academic requirements prior to PFA registration. The required flight assessment can be done virtually, by appointment, with the assigned Department of Flight faculty member.

Level 3 certification provides standards for operating in "safety critical" areas, such as near chemical, oil, gas or nuclear facilities, an extended line of sight, pipeline, power line, and cell tower inspections. 

*AUVSI Recertification fee of $120 not included. Payment of TOP Level 3 certification fee is required for recertification.

Learning Outcomes

Level 3 certification is designed for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) operations that include any of the characteristics of Level 2 plus the following learning outcomes:

  • Operations in safety-critical and complex areas that require higher levels of risk mitigation, which include:
    • Industrial and chemical facilities, such as offshore oil rigs, mine sites, power plants
    • Infrastructure, such as wind turbines, powerlines, communications towers, rail and pipelines
  • Operations in any hazardous or extreme environments including:
    • From ships, moving vehicles, aircraft, confined areas and underground
    • Within close proximity to and within severe weather (storm research)
    • Remote, harsh or hostile locations, including wildlife considerations
  • Operations requiring the development and testing of new procedures

Operators are required to already possess a current FAA CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, AUVSI TOP Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 certifications.

Who Should Attend

To achieve TOP Level 3 Recertification, operators are required to already possess TOP Level 3 certification, TOP Level 2 certification, TOP Level 1 certification and a current CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate:

  • Remote pilots looking to recertify expired or expiring TOP Level 3 certification

*Remote pilots that do not have a current CFR Part 107 RPC or initial TOP Level 3 certification should enroll in SUAS 2000 Ground School, TOP Level 1, TOP Level 2 and TOP Level 3.

Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.  Recommend students possess flight training prior to attending this course.

Check out more about AUVSI's Trusted Operator Program!*

See Available Sessions below. Please contact the ERAU Worldwide Office of Professional Education for the latest information and any questions related to recertification.

*Trusted Operator Program is the trademark of AUVSI

 Session Information: W1024-SUAS4030L3PFA-V1

Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/01/24 and ending on 10/28/24
Times: 12:00am-11:59pm EDT
Course Fee : $199.00

Facility Detail

Online Course
ERAU Worldwide Campus
Online, FL 00000
(386) 481-9070