Drone Operator Association UAVUS Announces Updates

The U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS) recently announced a new gold member program and new partnerships with BWI Aviation Insurance and TrackBill.

The gold member program, which costs $19 annually, offers a UAVUS gold member ID card, a UAVUS lapel pin, access to exclusive content at UAVUS.org, listing on UAVUS’ certified remote pilot directory, permission to use the “UAVUS Certified” logo on a company website, savings on drones and accessories, and more.

In addition, Gold Seal, a Web-based pilot training resource, is offering its UAV Ground School Remote Pilot test prep course for $149 to UAVUS gold members (a $50 discount). There is also a money-back guarantee if you do not pass your remote pilot written test, says UAVUS. The online course subscription is valid for four years – allowing time for users to prep for the written test a second time, which is required every two years.

UAVUS has also selected BWI Aviation Insurance as the association’s preferred drone insurance provider. Based in Corona, Calif., BWI insurance has a 40-year history of insuring the aviation industry, the group says.

UAVUS is also now working with TrackBill, a bill tracking service that delivers real-time alerts when state and federal legislation is introduced that “unreasonably restricts opportunities for commercial drone operators,” according to the association. TrackBill also provides status updates and information about a bill’s sponsors.

In addition to TrackBill, UAVUS has also expanded the capabilities of its Legislator Lookup Tool, which allows the group to create pre-written, editable letters that UAVUS members can quickly send to lawmakers.

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