Welcome to BLM Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Training

BLM UAS Program Goal:  Safely , effectively, and efficiently employ UAS in support of resource program, or incident management objectives.

    1. Develop UAS operations capacity through standard safety, training, flight, data collection, data processing, and project management processes.
    2. Develop a contract program (data and flight), which supports incident and resource management objectives.
Summary:  UAS can positively impact every resource program in the Bureau by utilizing state of the art equipment.  UAS derived data and imagery empowers scientists, incident personnel, and senior leaders to make informed decisions based on precise and real-time information.  Data gathered from UAS is unique due to the ability of the aircraft to fly low, slow, and for long periods of time while collecting high-resolution imagery and sub-centimeter data.  Presently, A-450 Basic Remote Pilot, and the Advanced UAS Workshop are required to support the agency UAS mission.

A-450, Basic Remote Pilot 

  • The A-450 Basic Remote Pilot Course is designed to qualify students to fly safely and to capture imagery with the 3DR Solo aircraft and GoPro Hero 4.
  • Graduates will receive a DOI UAS Remote Pilot Certificate (card).  
Course Objectives
  • Identify and demonstrate agency policies
  • Safely fly the 3DR Solo aircraft
  • File a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
  • Capture imagery and video of points of interest with the GoPro Hero 4 payload

Student Evaluation Process:

  •  Final exam
  •  3DR Solo evaluation flight administered by an authorized OAS Inspector.

Class Availability:

  • 12 student openings for flight training.
  • 8 openings for observers (e.g., managers interested in learning more about UAS policy and operations; no pre-work or prerequisites required).