Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Operations Lesson Plans

Radio Communications Procedures:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in radio communication procedures
  • References: AC 107-2; AIM; FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • UA.V.A.K1:

    Airport operations with and without an operating control tower
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K2:

    The description and use of a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) to monitor manned aircraft communications
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K3:

    Recommended traffic advisory procedures used by manned aircraft pilots such as self-announcing of position and intention
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K4:

    WAeronautical advisory communication station (UNICOM) and associated communication procedures used by manned aircraft pilots
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K5:

    Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS)
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K6:

    Aircraft callsigns and registration numbers
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K7:

    The Phonetic Alphabet
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.A.K8:

    Phraseology: altitudes, directions, speed, and time
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan

Airport Operations:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in airport operations
  • References: AC 107-2, 150/5200-32; AIM; FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • UA.V.B.K1:

    Types of airports such as towered, uncontrolled towered, heliport, and seaplane bases
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K2:

    ATC towers, such as ensuring the remote pilot can monitor and interpret ATC communications to improve situational awareness
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K3:

    Runway marking and Signage
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K4:

    Traffic patterns used by manned aircraft pilots
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K5:

    Security Identification Display Areas (SIDA)
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K6:

    Sources for airport data
    • UA.V.B.K6a:
      Aeronautical charts
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
    • UA.V.B.K6b:
      Chart Supplements
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K7:

    Avoiding bird and wildlife hazards and reporting collisions between aircraft and wildlife
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.B.K8:

    Airport and seaplane base lighting
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan

Emergency Procedures:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in sUAS emergency procedures
  • References: AC 107-2; FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22; SAFOs 09013, 10017, 15010

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • UA.V.C.K1:

    Emergency planning and communication
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K2:

    Characteristics and potential hazards of lithium batteries
    • UA.V.C.K2a:
      Safe transportation such as proper inspection and handling
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
    • UA.V.C.K2b:
      Safe Charging
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
    • UA.V.C.K2c:
      Usage
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
    • UA.V.C.K2d:
      Risks of fires involving lithium batteries
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K3:

    Loss of aircraft control link and fly-away
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K4:

    Loss of Global Positioning System (GPS) signal during flight and potential consequences
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K5:

    Frequency spectrums and associated limitations
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K6:

    Procedures for operations over people
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.C.K7:

    Procedures for operations at night
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan

Aeronautical Decision-Making:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in aeronautical decision-making
  • References: AC 107-2; FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • UA.V.D.K1:

    Aeronautical decision-making (ADM)
    • UA.V.D.K1a:
      Effective team communication
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
    • UA.V.D.K1b:
      Task management
      • Information
      • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.D.K2:

    Crew Resource Management (CRM)
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.D.K3:

    Situational awareness
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.D.K4:

    Hazardous attitudes
  • UA.V.D.K5:

    Hazard identification and risk assessment
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan

Physiology:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in the physiological factors affecting remote pilot performance
  • References: AC 107-2; FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:

Maintenance and Inspection Procedures:

  • To determine that the applicant is knowledgeable in sUAS maintenance and inspection procedures
  • References: AC 107-2; FAA-H-8083-25; FAA-G-8082-22

Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • UA.V.F.K1:

    Basic maintenance
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K2:

    Preflight inspection
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K3:

    Techniques to mitigate mechanical failures of all elements used in sUAS operations such as the battery and any device(s) used to operate the sUAS
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K4:

    Appropriate record keeping
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K5:

    Persons that may perform maintenance on an sUAS
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K6:

    Preflight inspection for night operations
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan
  • UA.V.F.K7:

    Manufacturer's Declaration of Compliance for Category 2 and 3 operations
    • Information
    • Lesson Plan

References:

  • 14 CFR parts 39, 43, 91
  • FAA (FAA-H-8083-2) Risk Management Handbook
  • FAA (FAA-H-8083-25) Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Navigation Charts
  • U.S. Chart Supplements
  • Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Notice to Airman