The most popular FAA waiver allows you to fly at night with a variety of requirements. One of those requirements requires the applicant to “assure all required persons participating in the sUA operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.” Not much guidance beyond that. In the waiver itself, it’s a bit more clear by spelling out that the assurance must be in the form of training and that records must be kept. “The Responsible Person listed on the Waiver must ensure the remote PIC and VO are trained, as described in the Waiver application, to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision. This training must be documented and must be presented for inspection upon request from the Administrator or an authorized representative;” So far, it has been a bit of a black box. We are trying to fix that.
We are now offering an online course designed to meet this requirement. We designed it to cover the required topics, and a few more. It’s taught by a commercial pilot with over 7,000 hours and 20 years of flying experience. It’s broken down into manageable pieces and the information is backed up by quizzes. We built the quizzes in such a way that you can go back and review the material you got wrong as many times as you want. The course is video based and broken up into small bits so that you don’t have to stare at your screen for hours one end.
Oh and we built it to be affordable! We didn’t want budding businesses and drone pilots to have to pay hundreds of dollars for them and visual observers. We’re trying to help you build your business and your career, not prevent you from growing it.
Keeping the Paperwork Up to Date
Once you’re done with the course, you’ll get a course completion certificate. (Looks good for marketing.) Within a few days, we’ll also send you a letter that you have completed the course. That letter will include all the topics that we covered and it’s dated. That way, you have something to keep with your waiver paperwork if an FAA Inspector ever asks you about your training.
Remember the Visual Observers Too
Remember that both the pilots and the Visual Observers need to be trained (and have training paperwork with it.) Your paperwork and records are often your best defense. We know that for some operations, this may mean training a few people. If that’s the case for you, we are happy to discuss bulk discounts. Every small bit helps when you’re building a business.
Check out the Course
So, give it a try now. You can find the course here.
Oh, and as with everything that we do, if there’s a way to make it better, please let us know. We want all the help we can get to make our content better. Thank you!