North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Drone/UAS Basic Level Training Course for Public Safety Officers


Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers, investigators, crime scene technicians, traffic accident investigations, special response teams, fire/rescue and emergency management personnel, and other agency personnel that may be involved in managing, operating or supporting unmanned/drone aerial flight operations in a department.

Course Goal:

This course will prepare the course participant to:
1)  Successfully pass the FAA Part 107 Remote sUAS Operator examination
2)  Learn basic hands-on UAV/drone flying skills
3)  Introduce the attendee to best practices, techniques, tactics, policies and procedures of operating a Drone Aviation Program as a member of a public safety organization
4) Learn the legalities of operating a drone in support of law enforcement or other public safety missions
5) Learn about and participate in public safety drone operation exercise scenarios emphasizing aerial grid searches, search and rescue (SAR), observation of person(s)/point(s) of interest, special event over-watch, crime scene and accident investigations data collection, and more.

Course Objectives:

The Student will be able to:
1) Display Knowledge of Federal and State Drone laws and regulations.
2) Successfully pass the FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot Certificate examination.
3) Know how to safely plan and operate a UAS/Drone as the Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) or support an airborne Drone Operation as a Visual Observer (VO) mission crew member.
4) Know how to 'legally' employee a drone in support of Law Enforcement or other Public Safety mission objectives.
5) Know the basic requirements to establish a safe and professionally operated Drone Aviation Program.
6) Understand and be able to perform basic law enforcement Tactical Flight Operation techniques tactics and procedures.
7) Be aware of criminal and non-criminal flight operations.
8) Display proficiency in planning, coordinating and leading various operational missions: aerial grid searches, search and rescue (SAR), observation of person(s)/point(s) of interest, special event over-watch, and crime scene and accident investigations data collection.
9) Introduce attendees to intermediate and advanced drone operation courses:  Night Flight Operations; Drone Aerial Forensic Support; Thermal Imagery Sensors, and Tactical Team support.

Course Requirements:

Successful completion of all pre-course attendance assignments. 16 hours of online training will be required prior to the first scheduled day of class Attendance is required at all academic class sessions, scheduled training flights, and tactical employment 'scenario' based exercises.

Special Concerns:

Upon course registration and payment, applicants will be enrolled in the Phase 1, pre-attendance academic training lesson. The initial Phase 1 training lessons will be conducted via an initial pre-course introduction webinar, and assignment of pre-attendance on-line (web based) lessons and study materials.
Bring comfortable and seasonally appropriate clothing for both inside and outside training activities. Class will begin daily at 8:00 am unless otherwise directed by the instructor staff. Students are encouraged to bring a flashlight suitable for night flight operations (red/green lens). Appropriate night flight lights will be available for purchase


This course requires dual registration. Please register at North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal, as well as follow the directions below for Air Probe registration. More information at

Course tuition can be paid by credit card or check.
Make checks payable to 'Air Probe LLC'.  Checks should be mailed to: Air Probe LLC, PO Box 9476, Fayetteville, NC 28311.  Payments should be made at least 21 days prior to the course start date in time to register the student for the pre-delivery course materials.

For credit card payments email: ‘’; ‘Subj: NCJA Drone Basic Level training Course payment’ and you will be contacted with CC payment information. Those participants paying by credit card must contact Air Probe LLC at least 21 days prior to the course start date by either email:, or by telephone: 910.325.2415, ext. 101, for credit card payment processing.
Approximately 14 days prior to the course start date, the students will attend an on-line 'Pre-Attendance Webinar’. This will introduce the students to the on-line pre-attendance Part 107 training material which must be completed prior to the first day of the classroom session.
Course Fee: $999  
*A separate ‘FAA Examination’ fee of $150 must be paid to the FAA authorized and designated testing facility. This fee imposed by the FAA covers the cost of the Part 107 examination, and issuance of the ‘UAS Remote Pilot’ certificate. Students will take the Part 107 examination while in residence during the course.



Course Coordinator:

Russell Strickland

Length of Course:

56 hours