Safety Management Systems for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPSM)

Course Description

This Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPSM) course is designed to apply the proven safety procedures of SMS to the operation of UAV’s/RPA’s. Experts from the fields of RPA Human Factors, RPA Safety Management Systems, and RPA Piloting introduce students to the theory and application unique to unmanned aircraft. By addressing the characteristics that differ between manned and unmanned air vehicles, the course applies the latest approaches to accident investigation and Safety Management. Students come away with a working knowledge of the safety field pertaining to Remotely Piloted Aircraft which they can apply to their own organization’s operations and future planning.

Objectives: To provide the individual with the skills and practical knowledge to plan, manage and maintain an effective Safety Management Strategy in the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft in a variety of environments.

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program that may work with or operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft.  This includes all classifications and sizes of Unmanned Systems throughout the world - military, civilian, and public-use.

RPSM 25-1
RPSM 25-2
RPSM 26-1
21-25 Oct 2024
17-21 Mar 2025
20-24 Oct 2025

Course Outline

  1. Human Machine Interface Theory and Problems
    • Crew Communication Conditions & Technological Implications to Communications
    • How Maintenance Responsibilities differ between Manned and Unmanned aviation
    • Understanding the Unique Characteristics with RPA Operational Environments
    • Automation and Flight Planning
  2. SMS Theory & Practice
    • Data Acquisition & Analysis
    • Organizational Risk Management for RPA
    • Risk Mitigation & Analysis
    • International Organization Standards & Participation
    • SMS Requirements & Guidance
    • Developing Hazard Identification Processes for RPA
    • Organizational Risk Management for RPA
    • Operations Management
  3. Basics of Investigation
    • Special Considerations for RPA Investigation
    • Accident Investigation Techniques for RPA
    • Using UAS for Accident Investigation
  4. Regulatory and Operational Environment
    • Basic Types & Applications – components, systems, etc.
    • FAA Regulations & Legislation for RPA
    • International Organization Standards & Participation
    • Certificates of Authorization and Special Certificate of Airworthiness – Process and Function
    • International Regulatory Framework and Development
    • RPA Roadmap for Integration
  5. Lab Day for Practical Application

CEU: 4.0

Course Duration: 5.0 Days

Tuition: $3,450 (July 2024 - June 2025); $TBD (July 2025 - June 2026) 

Published on June 8th, 2017

Last updated on March 12th, 2024