A premiere leader in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry since 2003. 

USI provides the most qualified and experienced Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) aircrew and test personnel to support all of your UAS needs.

Since 2003, we have served as the United States Air Force’s primary contractor for developmental and operational testing of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper systems.

In addition, USI has designed, built, and certified our own small UAS for flight training, research and development, and market survey tasks.

World class aviation expertise. Defined by experience.

Our considerable experience working with the U.S. military, federal agencies, foreign military partners and Fortune 500 companies ensures the highest level of performance excellence and quality of service.


USI has assembled a highly skilled and professional flying team comprised of military and civilian trained aviators. These aviation professionals have demonstrated the ability to train and develop courseware for a wide variety of manned, unmanned, civilian and military aviation flight systems.

time tested

Flying in airspace ranges across California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, our operational testing established Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) for use by current military services and the Department of Homeland Security UAS program; bolstering our ability to ensure tested and combat proven instruction to the customer.


Our UAS experience spans nearly 20 years supporting the Department of Defense in the development of the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-5 Hunter UAS programs.


Our experience with both manned and unmanned systems allows us to fully understand the integration requirements at any location and facilitate safe flight operations.


Our integration into the government testing process includes airworthiness, developmental testing, and integrated operational testing with other platforms.

Industry Leading Experience

Our team brings over 100,000 hours of flying experience conducting flight testing, instruction, evaluation, and combat support utilizing multiple platforms and employing the associated payloads to their maximum potential.


THE ALBERS GROUP - Our Parent Company

USI can leverage the full capabilities of the Albers Group & tap into into engineering, consulting, innovation, and DOD support across a myriad of missions and capabilities. Click the button below to learn more.

Support and Services

 a proven track record of superior customer support and quality of service. 


USI’s expert flight team maintains a high level of knowledge, understanding and respect for all aspects of flight and the associated flight systems.  Our team’s goal of supporting a customer’s total aviation needs makes USI an aviation company second to none.  USI’s dedication to excellence and professionalism ensures timely and accurate responses to all inquiries from any customer.


We have a proven record of support throughout the U.S. Air Force and with Fortune 500 companies for our ability to exceed requirements and ensure the highest level of quality support for any program; as recently highlighted by our support to provide integrated end-to-end solutions for the USAF.  Our ability to proactively work with the customer allows USI to understand their needs.  By interfacing constantly and directly with the customer, USI produces products with sufficient time for review and revision, leading to solid performance and customer satisfaction.


  • Customized training courses

  • Manned and unmanned training

  • Initial, Instructor and Test qualifications

  • Sandstorm training translates into larger UAV operations

Sandstorm offers a unique training ability as its operations are a fraction of the cost of larger UAV systems such as the MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper. The Sandstorm training program is used by USI employees that fly the MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft for the DoD as a companion trainer. This reduces the risk in training and maintaining currency in the launch and landing phase of these larger systems which is where the majority of accidents occur.

USI offers this training on the Sandstorm for 1/10th the cost of operating an MQ-1 for the same amount of time. This cost savings allows a pilot to do more take offs and landings in a given training cycle at a lower cost.


  • Over 200 years of combined aviation experience

  • USI aircrew are Test and Evaluation Qualified by the
    United States Air Force

  • Versed in operation of both manned and unmanned aircraft

  • Graduates of USAF Test Pilot School and
    National Test Pilot School

Research and Development

USI brings with it the ability to support multiple types of UAS.  As one of the few companies with its own UAS, USI provides flexibility by offering both fixed-wing and rotary-wing assets for training and research and development use.


The fixed-wing Sandstorm from USI has an FAA approved syllabus to provide background support for maneuvers and practical exercise.  This platform provides support for basic/remote flight operations, maneuver practice and combined flight/sensor operations.  Through a variable payload configuration, Sandstorm allows project flexibility.


Additionally, USI has multi-rotor UASs to provide a different set of skills and capabilities that are within our company’s core competency.

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