HDIAC drone training course

HDIAC is pleased to host Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD) Training on April 4-5, 2022, at SURVICE Engineering in Belcamp, MD.

This training event is a 2-day course. Day 1 covers Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART), and Day 2 covers Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Development (UASPD).

This FREE course is for state and local first responders, law enforcement, fire service, and security directors/managers. For more information, and to register visit the HDIAC website here


This course provides first responders and emergency managers with the knowledge and tools necessary to detect, identify, track, assess, respond, and report UAS activity. Participants are presented with information on the current UAS terrorist and criminal threat, technology, and analog and electronic detection techniques. Participants are guided through demonstrations and exercises on the varying UAS types, their capabilities, and simulated threats involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize UAS uses and components.
  • Recognize the threat posed by the criminal and terrorist use of commercially available UAS technology.
  • Identify counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) tactics available to emergency first responders.
  • Recognize regulations, laws, and policies pertaining to the use of UASs.
  • Discuss C-UAS tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used throughout a case study.
  • Identify TTPs to detect UAS activity using visual, audio, or technological resources.
  • Distinguish between types of UASs, payloads, and legal/safe operations.
  • Recognize effective methods to track UAS activity and communicate to appropriate authorities.
  • Assess UAS activity and recommend response options and considerations.
  • Discuss response considerations to respond and deter unsafe, unauthorized, illegal, or terrorist UAS activity.
  • Understand evidence collection and reporting UAS activity to appropriate agencies.


The goal is to aid first responders and emergency agencies in the development, implementation, and sustainment of a department or agency’s small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) program. This course provides class participants with the knowledge and tools required for establishing sUAS program goals; deciding if an agency is best suited by sUAS operations options under 14 CFR part 107 or operating sUAS programs as a public aircraft operation (PAO); requesting waivers and airspace authorizations; and developing standard operating procedures (SOPs). This course will provide an understanding of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations governing 14 CFR part 107 operations, along with statutory requirements for public aircraft operations, and present a review of government agency sUAS program best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand FAA regulations for public aircraft operations.
  • Understand which operational options are most appropriate for their agency.
  • Identify best practices and SOP procedures.
  • Understand requirements for requesting waivers and airspace authorizations.
  • Identify aircraft and equipment options available.

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