Idaho Public Safety UAS Council, Snake River Search, and Idaho Falls Police Department Proudly Presents

sUAS in Public Service

January 31st, February 1st, and 2nd

Location:  Idaho Falls Police Training Annex

740 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Cost: $100 per day (attend one, two, or all three days)

January 31st: small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety

This one-day course covers the evolution of the use of “drones” in public service, current types of drones and support technologies, along with legal and public opinion concerns. This course is beneficial for anyone involved in managing or operating sUAS in the Public Service sector, including Operators, Supervisors, Administrators, Public Information Officers, and others.

February 1st and 2nd: FAA Part-107 Pilot In Command Test Preparation

This two-day course covers the knowledge needed to pass the FAA test and operate safely and legally in the National Airspace System. This course is beneficial for anyone wishing to operate UAS for either commercial or Public Service applications.

  • Registration fees include all instruction materials, including the ASA Test Prep 2018 manual (which includes on-line practice tests) and a DVD with a variety of useful documents.
  • Late registration, after January 10th, is $150 per day.
  • Register online, with payment by PayPal or credit card, below
  • To register by email, and to arrange for payment by check, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Additional Guidance

  • Class beings promptly at 0800 hours.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring pen/pencil and paper for notes.
  • Breaks will be taken each hour, with a lunch break between 1200 and 1300 hours.
  • Meals are not provided. Some snacks and drinks are available for purchase on site.
  • Each training day is scheduled to end no later than 1700 hours.
  • Cell-phone etiquette is appreciated by the instructors and other students.

NOTE: This training is subject to cancellation if sufficient registrations are not received prior to January 10th, 2019.  Should the course be canceled, registration fees will be refunded within 30 days.


To register for the course, please email David Forker with the following information:

  • Name
  • Agency
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

Payments can be made online via PayPal or credit card at Other payment methods can be arranged with David Forker.

About our Instructors

David Forker is a retired US Air Force Officer who was on active duty from 1969 to 1989 involved in air operations as a navigator and in command and control, and electronic warfare. He has been both a contingency planner and an exercise planner. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (EG&G and Lockheed Martin) as a Systems Engineer and Advisory Engineer managing projects to modernize USAF and USMC tactical command and control systems such as the Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) and the Air Support Operations Center (ASOC)/Direct Air Support Center (DASC). He has been involved in radio controlled model aircraft since the late 1950s and has been a private pilot since 1969. He was a Reserve Officer for Search & Rescue with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office from 1998 to 2011. He has been a K-9 handler since 1998. He has been on searches in Canada, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. He has been with Snake River Search, Inc. (a 501(c)3 non-profit providing search support in the Intermountain West) since 2011, where he is the UAS lead, working first under a FAA 333 exemption, and since 2016 under FAA Part 107.

Dr. Danny Anderson served as an officer in the USAF for 10 years from 1982 to 1992, where he worked with ballistic missile early warning systems and airborne optical systems. He also taught math, chemistry, and physics, for two years, at the Air Force Academy Prep School. He was a DoD contractor (1992 to 1998) working with a world-class mountain-top satellite surveillance telescope observatory. Since then, he has been at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, as a Systems Engineer, a subsurface scientist, and a project manager. He has a B.S. in Physics (1982), a M.S. in Engineering Physics (1986), specializing in optics; a M.S. in Hydrology (2003); and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science (2012) specializing in geosciences. His dissertation involved the use of LiDAR data for high-resolution predication or determination of stream network flow paths. He served as a Reserve Officer for Search & Rescue with Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office from 2007 to 2011, and has been a volunteer with Snake River Search, Inc., since 2011, where he is the Advanced Mapping Lead, is a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot with sUAS rating, and just passed his first recurrent exam, and developed most of the training materials used in SRS’s remote pilot course.

David Barker recently completed 24 years of service with the Idaho Falls Police Department, has been a certified Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport since 2008, and currently serves as IFPD’s Logistics Officer and UAS Team Lead. he has been involved with R/C model aircraft, and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA for over 30 years, and for the past 13 years has served as President of the Red Baron R/C Modelers, a local R/C club, and is an instructor for both organizations. In 2010 he began researching UAS technology and FAA regulations, specifically how they serve in public safety. He is a certified instructor by Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), is a FAA-certified Remote Pilot with sUAS rating, and since July 2018 serves as the Administrator of the Idaho Public Safety UAS Council.