The following organizations represent the interests of commercial and enthusiast drone operators, and are dedicated to the strategic evolvement of this growing industry.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit model aviation association, representing the interests of more than 175,000 members from a wide range of classic R/C and UAV/drone backgrounds. The organization acts as a liason between its membership base and the Federal Aviation Administration and many other government agencies.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is one of the largest general aviation associations in the world, and advocates for safety, education, and training. This organization is an excellent resource for UAV operators as our emerging industry takes steps to integrate into the national airspace.
AUVSI is the foremost nonprofit organization committed to advancing the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and robotics community. The organization supports over 7,500 members from the defense, civilian, and commercial sectors.
Drone Advocates for Public Safety seeks to reduce human casualties and economic damage by empowering public safety organizations with access to the latest unmanned aerial technology. The group provides equipment, funding, and training to approved agencies through a grant program.
The Drone Pilots Association (DPA) was created by Peter Sachs, a well-known attorney, helicopter pilot, and advocate of the emerging commercial UAV industry. DPA sesteks to represent and advance the interests of all professional, non-hobbyist UAV operators.
Founded in 2012 by Timothy Reuter, the Drone User Group Network (DUGN) is one of the largest networks of civilian UAV operators, with a presence in America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. The organization seeks to foster an interest in, and educate the public on small Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Founded in 2011, the Professional Socity of Drone Journalists (PSDJ) seeks to establish "ethical, educational and technological" framework for developing UAV best practices to be used by news agencies and reporters.
The Small UAV Coalition seeks to evolve laws and policy to allow for the operation of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) beyond line-of-sight, for commercial, research, and enthusiast applications.
Founded in 2014, the UAV Systems Association (UAVSA) was formed to promote the interests of commercial UAV developers and operators. The organization hosts a large, annual convention known as the International Drone Expo.
The United States Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS) seeks to promote safe use of the national airspace by unmanned aerial vehicles, and to support ethical best practices for aerial imaging business operations.
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