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Hoverfly Founds Aerial Robotics Industry Association
After meeting with FAA officials the company moves forward with creating a certification for commercial pilots of unmanned aircraft
By RoboticsTrends' News Sources - Filed Apr 11, 2013

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It’s official: Hoverfly Technologies Inc., which makes flight control systems for drone aircraft equipped with video cameras for military, engineering and inspection applications, has formed the Aerial Robotics Industry Association, the company announced April 4. 

The company also plans to create a certification for pilots using the unmanned aircraft for filming. ARIA’s goal is to set the standards for the safe operation of aerial robotics for commercial use and thereby advance the growing community of professional pilots, the release states.

ARIA will set safety standards, and certifications will be granted by ARIA for flight schools around the country.

“ARIA’s mission is similar to the Federal Aviation Administration’s mission ­— to strive to reach the next level of safety, efficiency and global leadership in the aerial industry,” said Al Ducharme , a founder of Hoverfly Technologies and associate professor in the College of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.

Hoverfly met with Michael K. Wilson, southern region program manager for unmanned aircraft systems at the FAA. That meeting led to the industry association and the flight school.

“We understand that the future holds many opportunities for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems,” Wilson said in the release. “Following safety standards will be critical to their acceptance.”


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