by Charles Cunningham
February 22, 2017 - 6:32 pmThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has approved the Unmanned Safety Institute’s (USI) online “Small UAS Ground School” for participation in the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP), effective January 12, 2017. The course meets PDP Objectives: Operations Ops7 and Ops9 and course participants will receive 6 points for CAM Application 4 points for CAM Recertification. This is the only PDP approved offering on the topic of Unmanned Aviation. “We commend NBAA for their foresight and their commitment to industry-wide aviation safety. Our program is based on proven aviation safety fundamentals and establishes a foundation from which to grow and evolve UAS operations from. The education provided will greatly assist flight departments being asked to participate in the standing up of Unmanned operations by providing a clear understanding of operational considerations.”, commented Josh Olds, Vice President of Operations for Unmanned Safety Institute. Per the NBAA acceptance letter, the NBAA PDP Review Committee felt “the course had overall substantial coverage of the Operations Objectives and the application materials submitted were complete and easy to follow.” NBAA recognizes that a growing number of businesses are exploring the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) across their enterprise. With the recent advancement and accessibility of sUAS as tools to support business pursuits and services, desire for use by engineers, technicians, marketing personnel and other company employees continues to increase. However, such individuals may not have received the appropriate aviation training, certification or practical experience development to safely and effectively operate these platforms, in accordance with operational requirements. About Unmanned Safety Institute The Unmanned Safety Institute is a division of ARGUS International, Inc. who acquired the company in 2016. In addition to a full line of UAS online training programs the ARGUS Unmanned offerings also now include a full A to Z solution to assist private and commercial operators of UAS in standing up an operation consistent with industry recognized best practices, a UAS SMS solution, an Unmanned Standard and audit program and UAS curriculum to schools and organizations that satisfies STEM program requirements. About NBAA Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org. About ARGUS International Inc. ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is a specialized aviation services company whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with data and information necessary to make informed decisions and manage risk. ARGUS provides world-class aviation software and business management solutions, including AVMOSYS business management software, TRAQPak, CHEQ, and ARMOR SMS. ARGUS Charter operator ratings are the most recognized and requested independent source of overall operator quality. TRAQPak provides industry leading market intelligence data and research services, as well as expert aviation consulting. ARGUS subsidiaries include ARGUS PROS, the leading provider of on-site safety audits, PRISM, a worldwide leader in Safety Management System (SMS) and Certification services and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world’s leading provider of safety training and certification to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry.