Trusted Operator Program™ Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification
Our Trusted Operator Program Level 2 training consists of 1 day of in-person training followed by a hands-on flight evaluation. Showcase your level of professionalism and expertise by becoming a Level 2 TOP Operator™.
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Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Training Schedule
Completion of TOP Level 1 Certification
Students need to earn a TOP Level 1 Certification before attending the TOP Level 2 Training.
**During evaluations, students must provide their own equipment as well as proof of insurance on the equipment.
- Preflight Planning
- On-Site Assessment
- Mitigating In-Flight Risk
- SOP & Maintenance Manual Review
Flight Demo:Practical Flight Evaluation Maneuvers
- Top Level 2: Practical Flight Evaluations
- General sUAS knowledge
- Preflight planning
- Aircraft and system checks
- Safety assessment and briefing
- Normal procedures
- Manual flight maneuvers
- Abnormal and emergency procedures
Earn Your TOP Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification
As a Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Certified Pilot, you will earn global recognition for your dedication to safety, advanced unmanned pilot skills and reliability within the drone industry. The Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification requires all pilots to complete the following:
- TOP Level 1 Certification
- 1 Day of In-Person Instructor Led Training
- Hands-on Flight Evaluation with DARTdrones Instructor
Upon completing the above requirements, the newly designated TOP Operator will receive the following:
- AUVSI TOP Level 2 Certificate
- Listed on TOP Operator Directory as Level 2 Pilot
- 14 CFR 107 Regulations Review
- Aviation Charts
- LAANC System
- Site Evaluation
- Aviation NOTAMS
- Waivers, Approvals & Permissions
- Environmental Conditions
- Electromagnetic & Frequency Interference
- 14 CFR 107 Regulations
- FAA Regulations Governing Drug & Alcohol Use
- Close Proximity Operations
- Aviation Radios
- sUAS Emergency Situations
- Human Centric Threats & Errors
- Practical Flight Evaluation Maneuvers
- TOP Level II Remote Pilot Practical Flight Evaluation
Our Trusted Operator Program Level 2 Flight Instructors
Our TOP certified instructors use their real-world industry experience to help you earn your TOP Operator Level 2 Certification.
Mark Kurzinski enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and spent 10 years as an Avionics Electronics Technician working on the F-14A/B/D Tomcat troubleshooting and repairing radar, communications and weapons systems. Mark has over 700 hours flying DJI sUAS from the Phantom 2 all the way up to heavy rotor aircraft Matrice 210 v2 and Matrice 300 RTK. He has been a Part 107 pilot since 2016 and a Part 61 Multi-Engine private pilot since 2006 logging over 900 fixed-wing hours in military and civilian aircraft.
Jerry has his own video production company and has been in the business for more than 20 years. When he’s not shooting videos or flying sUAS, he flies as a contract pilot for different clients in Central Texas. He has 3,000 hours of flight time and has been a flight instructor, full-time corporate pilot, and an airline pilot. Jerry’s experience as a manned flight instructor with over 4,500 flight hours awards Jerry valuable insight into teaching the complexities of aviation.
Your Questions. Our Answers.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has developed the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations. The TOP is a UAS community initiative to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone pilots. As a TOP Training Provider, DARTdrones facilitates consistent and expert training to provide drone pilots with a reliable, safe and professional foundation to further distinguish themselves in the market. You can learn more about the overall TOP here.
We require students completing the TOP Level 2 evaluation to fly their own equipment to accurately demonstrate their typical pre-flight process, setup, and settings for their evaluation. In order to be covered by insurance to fly as a student in a DARTdrones class, you must provide your own insurance. Utilizing an on-demand insurance policy is simple through Verify or another carrier during the class and costs approximately $20. Once you purchase the course, you will be prompted to upload your insurance policy here.
All Trusted Operator Program certifications are valid for two years from the date of issue.
In order to be eligible for TOP Level 2 training, students will be required to provide record of an approved TOP Level I training syllabus at a certified TOP training provider and achieved a TOP Operator Level I Remote Pilot certificate. Although not required, it is encouraged that students complete both TOP Level I and Level II with DARTdrones.
TOP Operators are required to complete each level before they can proceed to the next. Exceptions are not available based on experience.
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