New York City-based United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) recently introduced a safety program, Performance Vector Unmanned, which is designed specifically for policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The program’s predecessor, Performance Vector, was established in 2011 to provide safety-supportive benefits to policyholders who insure turbine-powered manned aircraft. Likewise, Performance Vector Unmanned integrates products and services specific to UAS operational safety.
USAIG – a subsidiary of General Re Corp., a Berkshire Hathaway company – was founded in 1928 and provides a spectrum of coverage options for owners, operators, manufacturers and maintainers of corporate, private and commercial aircraft.
Performance Vector Unmanned’s initial offering is a small UAS ground school course, provided online by ARGUS Unmanned.
The course sets a foundation of required aeronautical knowledge for remote pilots of UAS weighing under 55 lbs. According to USAIG, the curriculum addresses all pertinent aeronautical knowledge factors outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) exam. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion from ARGUS Unmanned; this prepares them to attain or recurrently sustain Remote Pilot-in-Command certification.
In addition, the course teaches what human factors contribute to errors and violations and how they may cause UAS accidents. Perhaps equally importantly, says USAIG, it teaches the ethical and legal requirements of being a responsible remote pilot and explores a professional career in unmanned aviation.
David McKay, USAIG’s CEO, comments, “The UAS sector has shown significant growth and is poised to expand and mature even more as new regulations governing commercial use become effective. Performance Vector Unmanned will help our policyholders become and remain the safety leaders in UAS operations.”
USAIG says additional offerings will be rolled out as the UAS industry advances.