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2022 On-The-Road : NIST sUAS Standard Test Methods Proctor Training Course - Advanced : Grand Forks, ND

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APSA is working with NIST to reschedule this course for a future date


December 9-11, 2022


University of North Dakota (Open in Google Maps)
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Robin Hall, 4251 University Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9036


24 hours of classroom and hands-on flight instruction covering advanced aspects of the National Institute of Standards and Technology sUAS Standard Test Methods. The course will address constructing and managing the NIST obstructed test lanes, night operations, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations and embedding apparatus within scenarios. These test methods can be used to evaluate sUAS capabilities and sensor systems, or remote pilot proficiency for credentialing. The tests are easy to conduct alone or in groups and inexpensive enough to set up multiple concurrent lanes. They are quick to perform, typically less than 30 minutes to conduct all the tests in a given lane, so they can support flying practice for remote pilots at the beginning of every training session. The NIST sUAS Standard Test Methods are an excellent way to add a sUAS pilot flight skills credentialing component to your sUAS program. NIST has created a comprehensive user guide, scoring forms and apparatus targets that can be printed and placed in the test apparatus buckets. Attendees will learn how to fabricate apparatus, conduct trials and embed them into their own training and credentialing programs. The NIST sUAS Test Methods have been adopted, or are under consideration for adoption, by the Airborne Public Safety Accreditation Commission, National Fire Protection Association, Civil Air Patrol, and ASTM International.

Attendees must be experienced sUAS pilots who want to hone their skills, evaluate sensor systems and/or have a desire to train and evaluate other sUAS pilots. Ideally, they will have previously completed the APSA NIST Basic sUAS Standard Test Methods Proctor Course. Attendees must bring their own quadcopter style sUAS, capable of at least 15 minutes of flight time, equipped with a camera and anti-collision lighting. Additional sUAS batteries and a battery charging station are also required. Self-contained illumination mounted on the drone (LumeCube or similar), and a laptop computer are highly recommended.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with:

  • NIST Open Test Lane Proficiency Evaluation for Remote Pilots Certificate
  • NIST Obstructed Test Lane Proficiency Evaluation for Remote Pilots Certificate
  • NIST Advanced Proctor Course Certificate of Completion. This will allow you to serve as a proctor for the Open and Obstructed Test Lane evaluations.

NOTE: Successful completion of this course does not allow you to serve as a proctor for the Basic Proficiency Evaluation for Remote Pilot (BPERP) evaluation. You must complete APSA's Basic NIST sUAS Standard Test Methods Proctor Training course to serve as a BPERP proctor.


APSA COVID-19 Statement:

By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In consideration of the educational benefit to be derived from this training program, and as a condition of your registration, you agree to hold the Airborne Public Safety Association, Inc. (APSA), its officers, directors, employees, contractors and volunteers harmless against any and all claims or causes of action stemming directly or indirectly from the potential of contamination from the COVID-19 virus; and further you agree to abide by the rules, restrictions or limitations imposed by APSA, consistent with current national, state and local guidelines for personal protection against COVID-19 during the training program.



Registration: $575*

Note:  All attendees must be registered to participate.

*Registration fee includes one (1) year membership to APSA. Not applicable to current APSA members.

Cancellation Policy

APSA commits significant resources to providing quality educational courses. To deliver these courses most economically to our registrants, we commit to our providers well in advance and seek optimal student enrollment. Accordingly, we exercise the following cancellation policies:

  • No cancellations allowed within twenty-one (21) days prior to the start of the event.
  • Cancellations before 21 days prior to the start of the event are subject to a $50 administrative fee.
    This course registration entitles only those registered to attend. APSA reserves the right to review each registration prior to approval.

Substitutions for registrants may be made at any time prior to course commencement by contacting the APSA office at 301-631-2406.


Hilton Garden Inn (Connected to UND Aerospace by overhead walkway).
4301 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58503
(701) 775-6000

Canad Inn (has indoor water park)
1000 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 772-8404

Baymont by Wyndham
951 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 757-2345

Sleep Inn and Suites
1350 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 757-2900

My Place Hotel
1315 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 757-1717

Springhill Suites
2837 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 757-4150

Country Inn and Suites
3101 S. 42nd Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 757-2200

Holiday Inn
4041 32nd Street South
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 772-7700



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