Baton Rouge, La.-based LandBros Aerial has received credentialing under Part 107 through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP) in Texas.
The program was developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
LandBros uses small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to provide data collection solutions for refinery, petrochemical and civil infrastructure. Services include industrial testing, 3D modeling, turnaround support, topographic mapping, emergency response, and infrastructure inspections.
“UAS operations can be a low-risk activity – but only when completed by a qualified, aviation-specific operator,” says Danny Landry, president of LandBros Aerial. “The NUASCP creates a standardized system to assist in validating UAS service providers and ensuring that operators are qualified for operating in high-risk environments.”
TEEX and LSUASC – which is home to the federal UAS site in Texas – offer Section 333 exemption and Part 107 holders the opportunity to receive third-party vetting. The process includes an oral and live-flight operational audit of the company’s operational and safety policies, procedures, and qualifications required through the 333 exemption or Part 107 process.
Qualified operators that complete the program are provided with a certificate that serves to differentiate them from other exemption holders as voluntarily enrolling in and satisfactorily completing a program to further demonstrate their ability to safely and effectively operate drones commercially.
“This credentialing program promotes safe and legal commercial UAS operations and provides third-party vetting of operators and vendors, including a live-flight operational audit,” says Steven Williams, director of operations for the NUASCP. “LandBros Aerial has joined a select group of companies that have voluntarily completed an audit of their operational and safety policies, procedures and qualifications to operate Section 333-exempted or Part 107 small UAS.”