The Trusted Operator Program™ is recognized as a critical program for professional remote pilots and training organizations to demonstrate RELIABILITY, SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM and gain TRUST in the UAS industry.
The industry expressed an urgent need to unify on safety and competency standards and reach consensus on a minimum training protocols that support RELIABILITY, SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM and TRUST.
The TOP closes the gaps identified as essential to ‘verify’ safe, professional and competent remote pilots and organization. The credibility and authority of the TOP within the UAS community allows AUVSI a greater power to advocate with the voice of those who have a demonstrated level of safety and competency.
The TOP is a product of industry agreed standards and therefore attract many benefits and tangible dividends such as: insurance premium rebates, demonstrated commitment to safety, and waiver dividends and greater power to advocate for industry needs.
The first TOP certifications are due to be completed in September 2018, with the small team of TOP First Adopters. After this time AUVSI will launch the TOP DIRECTORY where you will be able to find a TOP Operator™, TOP Remote Pilot™ or a TOP Training Provider™ or TOP Certifying Body™.
- Watch a webinar hosted by Tracy Lamb, Vice President of Regulatory & Safety Affairs and Chief Pilot of the Remote Pilots Council.
- Watch an interview of Brian Wynne, AUVSI CEO, and Tracy Lamb discussing the TOP.
COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO PARTICIPATED IN DEVELOPING THE TRUSTED OPERATOR PROGRAM™
Agricultural Aerial Remote Sensing Standards Council
AUVSI Cascade Chapter
AUVSI Nevada Chapter
Aviators Code Initiative
Carolina Drone Academy
DNV GL Business Assurance USA Inc.
Earth Terminal Control
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FAAFAA Safety Team, AFS-920y
FlightSafety Services Corporation
Measure UAS, INC.
National Association of Tower Erectors
National Council on Public Safety UAS
NGAT Consortium at NC State University
North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation
Oceans Unmanned, Inc.
Planet Inhouse, Inc.
Praxis Aerospace Concepts Int'l, Inc
Remote Control Video Productions
Roswell Flight Test Crew/AUVSI Cascade Chapter SAE International
SGS Aviation Compliance
TAMU-CC: Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence
Texas A&M Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue
Three Canyon Farms
Topsight Imaging, LLC
Unmanned Experts Inc.
Unmanned Safety Institute
Wolf UAS LLC
York County Fire and Life Safety