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New UAS Organizations Form

This week two new unmanned aircraft systems organizations formed, one focused on small business and the other aimed at insurance.
By Luke Geiver | October 01, 2015

This week two new unmanned aircraft systems organizations formed, one focused on small business and the other aimed at insurance. The industry’s addition of these two new entities is not surprising, nor unwelcome. Already led by a well-established, proven powerhouse in the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, the UAS industry is expanding so rapidly, that the subsectors of the landscape need guidance and to be well-represented.

Our magazine team has in-depth stories planned on both entities for next week, but until then, here is a quick synopsis of each organization.

The UAS Insurance Association is an industry group focused on all aspects of insurance, risk management and safety related to the commercial use of UAVs.

The founding members of the group are from major insurance and law firms. According to the UASIA, “it is important that the insurance industry has a defined voice in the dialogue and a place at the table,” of the developing commercial industry.

The Coalition of UAS Professionals was created to serve “as the voice of small businesses” within the UAS industry. Through the first 1,000 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Section 333 exemption list, roughly 80 percent of all 333 exempt UAS entities are considered to be small businesses. California, Texas and Florida are the top states for receiving 333 exemptions. The UAS Coalition is operating as a non-profit. It intends to provide legislative updates, member forums and new ideas to its small business UAV members.