Something that keeps coming back in many conversations I have had with commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators in the drone industry is the fact that they do not have a unified voice to talk to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for instance. Well, Kenji Sugahara and Vic Moss, two industry professionals have launched the Drone Service Providers Alliance in an effort to change this. Click here to join today. Basic membership starts at $20 per month.
The Drone Service Providers Alliance officially launches today
The industry trade association, officially known as the Drone Service Providers Alliance (“DSPA”) formally launched today. the DSPA is founded by two people who are very well known within the drone industry, Kenji Sugahara and Vic Moss.
The DSPA aims to represent small and medium-sized drone service providers’ interests before the FAA, industry standards groups, and to educate governments about the perspective of drone service providers.
“Small and medium-sized drone service providers constitute the vast majority of drone businesses in the United States,” said Kenji Sugahara, CEO/President of the DSPA. “However, these businesses have lacked a clear and unified voice before policymakers. We seek to fill that role. I am excited to be working with Vic Moss, another drone professional and policy expert. We not only have a deep policy knowledge of the UAS sphere, we have our own drone companies. We know, live, and understand the challenges faced by our industry cohorts.”
The DSPA’s mission is to create a positive environment for drone service providers by advocating for reasonable regulation through positive advocacy and increasing the professionalism throughout our industry by providing educational resources and promoting a culture of safety. And the alliance aims to achieve these goals by:
- Working with the FAA;
- Actively participating in industry standards groups;
- Developing resources for Drone Service Providers;
- Communicating and being transparent with stakeholders; and,
- Educating community members, policymakers, and members of the public.
“Kenji and I are long-time industry veterans with proven track records,” said Vic Moss, COO/VP of the DSPA. “We’ve worked with the FAA and all levels of government to advocate for drone users. Kenji served on the FAA Remote ID Aviation Rulemaking Committee, helped lead the Remote ID ASTM group, and continues to participate in Federal Drone Advisory Committee Task Groups. I work directly with the FAA as one of three Safety Team Drone Pros for the Denver FSDO, serve as Director of LegislaUve Affairs for UAS Colorado, and have a track record of helping individuals fight for reasonable regulations in their cities and towns.”
The Drone Service Providers Alliance strives to do more than to represent the interests of small and medium-sized drone businesses, the group is also looking to provide resources to member businesses to help them grow, manage risk, and become advocates and stewards of the drone industry.
The DSPA is incorporated in Colorado as a non-profit membership organization and has applied for a tax exemption as an industry trade group under section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Click here to join today.
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