Online drone safety course offered by Unmanned Safety Institute

By Patrick C. Miller | December 08, 2016

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) has launched the first-ever online training course designed by its team of aviation safety experts to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk.

The course, known as SAFEGUARD, is an hour-long self-paced online course covering essential safety topics, including understanding airspace, identifying and avoiding hazards, weather effects on drones, planning safe flights, current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations and more.

The $49 SAFEGUARD course covers safety practices essential to recreational drone pilots and hobbyists of all skill levels.  It can be accessed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Customers receive a record of achievement that may be redeemable through USI's insurance partners for a discount on insurance.

“Aimed specifically at hobbyists, SAFEGUARD fills a much needed gap in available training options for recreational flyers,” said Chris Proudlove, USI senior vice president. “At this price, it is a great choice for anyone looking for achieve a solid understanding of important safety topics."

According to USI, the FAA over the past several years has reported a dramatic and alarming increase in drone sightings by aircraft pilots. In 2015, the number of reported drone sightings surged to more than 650 from 238 in 2014—an increase of 173 percent. In addition, there have been reports of drones being in near-collisions with law enforcement aircraft and interfering with firefighting operations.

"By the end of 2016, there could be as many as 3 million consumer drones flying in the national airspace, posing a significant challenge and potentially serious risk to other aircraft flying with persons onboard," said Aaron Greenwald, USI president.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, USI provides flight safety solutions for individuals, enterprises and organizations focused on integrating and operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes.