Nonprofit ‘Coalition of UAS Professionals’ Launches


The Coalition of UAS Professionals (UAS Coalition) has been created to serve as a voice for small businesses within the UAS industry.

The coalition provides a suite of free tools to help these burgeoning companies excel in the quickly evolving UAS arena. In addition, the 501(c)3 nonprofit provides members a venue to discuss developments that specifically impact growing businesses, as well as a means to work collectively for the overall good of the UAS industry.

Members represent commercial operators from a wide range of industries, such as GIS, precision agriculture, forensic aerial investigation, oil and gas, mining, emergency services, real estate, wildlife management, cinematography, and more.

Coalition resources include legislative/regulatory tracking (state and federal levels), continuing education, white papers and an online forum.

The coalition says it will make its national debut in conjunction with the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on Oct. 5-7.

To help direct its efforts, the UAS Coalition conducts quarterly surveys to gain perspective about what’s top of mind with UAS operators, businesses and key industry stakeholders. Its goal is also to work proactively to help manage the public image of drones onto the good work being accomplished around the country.

“The ability to stay up to date on rules, regulations and bills that affect the UAS industry will be essential as this market matures,” comments Nathan Ruff, executive director. “We provide a way to easily keep current and knowledgeable about pending and enacted UAS legislation, along with the regulations that these new laws create.”

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