by Charles Cunningham
May 9, 2017 - 1:08 pmARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce Phoenix Air Unmanned as the first ARGUS Gold Rated unmanned operator. The ARGUS Audit Standard was designed for commercial Unmanned Aircraft Operations to assess their operational safety. As the first audit of its kind it creates a fully vetted registry of commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators to support end customer sourcing and due-diligence requirements for internal operations and external vendor qualification. “We are proud to say we’re the first unmanned operator to earn ARGUS’ Gold Rating,” said William Lovett, Managing Director of Phoenix Air Unmanned. “Our pursuit of safe and reliable UAS operations in complex flight environments led us to the standards, tools and applications provided by ARGUS Unmanned. The ARGUS Gold Rating plays a critical role in our mission to provide the highest standard of safety to our customers.” “I would like to congratulate Phoenix Air Unmanned for becoming the first gold rated unmanned operator,” said Joe Moeggenberg, ARGUS CEO and Founder. “The ARGUS Unmanned Standard is scalable and focused on the operator’s efforts to conduct appropriate standardized operations for every mission. The achievement by Phoenix Air demonstrates their high regard for safety in the UAS industry.” Over the last 20 years, the ARGUS Gold and Platinum Rating Program has become the most recognized and respected source of quality assessments on aircraft charter operators, making ARGUS rated commercial operators the preferred choice for the largest and most sophisticated consumers in the world. The ARGUS Unmanned standard audit program provides the pathway for commercial UAS operators to achieve Platinum recognition. About Phoenix Air Unmanned Phoenix Air Unmanned (PAU) is a commercial UAS operator headquartered in Cartersville, GA. PAU currently operates seven types of UAS providing a wide range of aerial services including motion picture/television filming, precision aerial surveying and utility infrastructure inspections. PAU has integrated a variety of sensors and payloads for specific applications including LiDAR, EO, IR, and UV. PAU crews are dedicated professionals with a wide range of prior experience including US Military UAS operations, Aerial Cinematography and Electrical Engineering. PAU crews have completed hours of VLOS operations and BVLOS operations under FAA or DOD oversight. About ARGUS International Inc. ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is the worldwide leader in specialized aviation services that allow organizations around the globe to improve their operational and business decision making. ARGUS provides world-class aviation software and business management solutions, including TRAQPak, PRISM ARMOR SMS, and AVMOSYS Flight Scheduling Software. 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 onsite safety audits, PRISM, a worldwide leader in Safety Management Systems and Certification services, and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), world’s leading UAS safety education and training services provider. Founded in 1995, ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and is actively engaged around the globe.