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ALC-703: sUAS Night Operations, Best Practices
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sUAS Night Operations, Best Practices Course Code: ALC-703


With the FAA recently clearing the way for efficient access to Night Operations/Night Flight for Commercial and Recreational UA/drone pilots, understanding the challenges gains greater importance, as Night Operations become more prevalent.

Flight in the dark hours and areas present greater challenges. The idea of “I can see the aircraft better because it’s lighted” ignores many key elements and challenges related to night flight. Scotopic/mesopic vision, parallax issues, night blindness, rod blow-out, and other factors significantly increase the risk factor, and mitigation factors for UA in the night.

In this seminar, we’ll discuss optical (eyesight) issues, risk mitigations for all challenging components, discuss which lighting equipment is best vs accessing the bare minimum equipment requirements, safety protocols, industry standards/best practices, and planning operations for maximum success.

Others may take this course as a self-study resource:
    Anyone interested in learning more about 14 CFR Part 107 or Drone Flight Operations
    Public safety departments with or starting a drone program
    Other corporate flight departments or small businesses wishing to perform UAS operations
    FAASTeam DronePros and other FAAST Volunteer Representatives
    Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs)
    Aviation Safety Technicians (ASTs)
    FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs)



This course will take about 1-hour to complete.

Instruction is based on a 1-hour video presentation. Upon completion of the presentation, related links with reference materials will be available for review. Following the review period is an exam.

The exam is a multiple choice and must be taken in a single session. The exam is 20-35 questions chosen at random, a passing score of 100% is required for a completion certificate.

The presentation was given live on June 14, 2021 and June 21 2021 as SPANS webinars EA17105553 and EA17105761.

The course was created on following the live showing. The video replay can also be found by visiting Influential Drones YouTube Channel.

The presenter of the video is Douglas Spotted Eagle from Sundance Media Group and Dave Krause from Influential Drones. The FAA representative in the presentation was Eric Sieracki, AFG-700 EA17 FSDO



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  4.     You must visit and complete each chapter of this course

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Upon completion of the review section the "EXAM" button will turn blue indicating you are ready to start the examination. Upon successful completion of the exam you are given the appropriate course credit automatically. You may then print a course completion certificate.



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