Safely Operating Aircraft Remotely (SOAR™):
Education for Public Safety Remote Pilots
Evolving Public Safety Standards
Drones are rapidly becoming a necessity and a requirement for public safety agencies to conduct operations safely, efficiently, and effectively. First Responders are being asked to use this tool more often and have found the use of drones to be critical in time-sensitive, dangerous, and high-risk situations.
MITRE Engenuity’s Safely Operating Aircraft Remotely (SOAR™) program is a training program available to public safety remote operators to improve the function and execution of maneuvering small Aircraft Systems, or drones, in response to safety incidents, tactical operations, and specialized public safety scenarios.
Tech and Training for Public Good
Today, there are no consistent standards that exist for public safety remote pilot training. Pilots across different public safety agencies will gain a uniform baseline of skillsets and knowledge, regardless of their locality or jurisdiction. SOAR is backed by MITRE’s continually growing partnerships with federal, state, and local public safety agencies.
SOAR is the first drone training program that is focused on furthering public safety and enriching First Responder development. MITRE Engenuity is a neutral, trusted, non-biased third-party organization that works at the intersection of government and industry to accelerate innovation for public good through the development of innovative programs like SOAR.
|1 - Pre-Requisites||Confirms flight basics with a pre-test and a knowledge test.||12 hours, including 8 hours of content learning and 4 of required flight simulation time.|
|2 - Public Safety UAS Overview||Critical training needed to operate advance tools for mission response through onsite instruction |
Classroom instruction at test facility.
|4 hours or 5 days to complete.|
|3 - Basic Flight Maneuvering||In-person practical training||20+ hours|
|4 - Proficiency Testing||In-person final examinations||8 hours|