Course Description:

This is a five-day hands-on course that provides the students with the source material to pass the FAA Remote Pilot written examination during the first two days. This certification is required to be a Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operator. Topics of instruction include Pilot Certification Process, FAA Rules and Regulations, Remote Pilot Operational Limitations, Airspace and Charts, Aviation Weather, Aeronautic Decision Making/Crew Resource Management, Airport Operations, Aircraft Performance, UAS Maintenance Requirements, Radio Communications, Physiological Factors Affecting Performance, Emergency Procedures Risk Assessment, UAS Best Practices and Accident Reporting.

As part of this course, students will be provided testing simulation to prepare for taking the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification exam. The remaining three days will provide the student with the necessary training to successfully process a crash or crime scene using aerial photogrammetry with Pix4D Mapper software. This training provides a “field to finish” workflow utilizing Pix4D generated orthomosaic images and point cloud data in the most common third-party collision diagramming software using the Pix4D Capture App and other third-party flight planning software in the field. Best practice data capture will be covered and demonstrated.

This course consists of classroom lecture and hands on work projects as well as field exercises. Each attendee is required to have his or her own laptop computer for the training. Acceptable laptop specifications are listed below. UAS aircraft will be provided for use.

Learning Objectives:

  • Pass the FAA 107 Remote Pilot Certification Exam
  • Produce an orthomosaic image of the crash scene
  • Process a crash scene using Pix4D software
  • Successfully complete all three crash reconstruction exercises


In order to be eligible for consideration for the DCCRC course, you must:

  • Be a full-time law enforcement agency in the State of New Jersey
  • Have dedicated staff that are certified Fatal Crash Investigator(s)
  • Have an established drone program
  • Complete the Drone Questionnaire (access by clicking here) and send to
  • Possess an I-7 to I-9 laptop computer with 16-32 gigabytes of ram and a 64-bit windows 10 dedicated graphics card
  • Registered with the FAA Integrated Airman Certification & Rating Application (IACRA) IACRA – Federal Aviation Administration ( Must use personal information, not department information

Intended Audience:

Law Enforcement Crash Reconstructionists


Ronald G. Leach Jr., Leach Strategic Partners; Andrew Klane, Forensic Mapping Solutions


New Jersey Division of Traffic Safety


To receive a DCCRC certificate of completion, you shall:

  • Attend all 5-days of the course
  • Prepare for the FAA Part 107 Drone License
  • Successfully complete all 3 exercises in the Crash Reconstruction phase of the training
  • A drone will be provided for the exercises, however, it is strongly recommended to bring your department drone to the training. Go to Professional photogrammetry and drone mapping software | Pix4D to see if your drone is compatible with the Pix4D software

Training Materials:

The Drone Certification and Crash Reconstruction Course will provide each attendee with the following training materials:

  • Airmen Knowledge Testing Supplement
  • Step-by-Step Processing Guide
  • Mock Crash Final Project
  • Flash drive containing training materials
  • Although not provided, it his highly recommended that you obtain the Dauntless Aviation Software for the FAA Part 107 Exam at: Dauntless Aviation – PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android Apps and Software for beginner through professional pilots. (

For more information, contact David Maruca, CAIT Project Manager,