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2023 On-The-Road : NIST sUAS Standard Test Methods Proctor Training Course - Advanced : Fort Wayne, IN

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September 20-22, 2023


Fort Wayne Police Training Center (Open in Google Maps)
7602 Patriot Crossing
Fort Wayne, IN 46816


24 hours of classroom and hands-on flight instruction covering the Open and Obstructed Test Lanes of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sUAS Test Methods. The NIST sUAS 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 conduct trials and embed them into their own training and credentialing programs.

The Open Test Lanes evaluates 5 different flight paths (Position, Traverse, Orbit, Inspect, Recon) to identify objects from safe altitudes in open environments. These tests are scalable for all sizes of aircraft to demonstrate positive control at all times with accurate perches. They can be performed outdoors or indoors to control lighting and weather. The smallest size lane fits on an indoor basketball or tennis court for small drones and/or novice pilots to practice safely without flying in the national airspace.

The Obstructed Test Lanes enable remote pilots to fly safe and repeatable flight paths to inspect objects within close proximity to obstructions. They include a comprehensive set of 5 different tests with increasing difficulty (Perch, Wall, Ground, Alley, Post) that guide remote pilots through a series of 10 positions, orientations, and perches within both the standard test lanes and the operational scenarios embedded with scoring tasks. All tests and scenarios result in quantitative scores up to 100 points maximum to facilitate measurement, tracking, and comparison across different aircraft and/or remote pilots. They can be performed outdoors or indoors to control lighting, weather, and access to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

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 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.


Updated 02/07/2023

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.



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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.


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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Fort Wayne, IN 46804
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