AUGUST 26, 2019 – UPDATE: CRPAA is no longer a functioning organization, sadly. They were not able to sustain their model and ceased operations earlier this year. As a result, 603 Drones, LLC is now a member of AUVSI – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International – and everything stated in this post is transferable to this organization.
In keeping with our pledge to stay at the forefront of professionalism within the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry, we are excited to announce that we have signed on as one of the founding members of the Certified Remote Pilots Association of America (CRPAA). This organization – similar to other trade organizations throughout different industries – is restricted to FAA-certified pilots and businesses only and is working to leverage their lobbying and networking experience to the betterment of both the industry as a whole, and its members individually.
So, why is this important to potential clients? Because it means that we are now committing ourselves to be held to a standard of conduct by which we can actually be held accountable. Similar to the Better Business Bureau, the CRPAA will hold its members to task if unethical or illegal behaviors are brought to their attention. It also means that attempts to standardize many business protocols across the industry are finally beginning to take form. For a long time, the average citizen has been weary of “drones” flying around their communities – and this has not necessarily been an unfounded concern. But, when a business like 603 Drones, LLC, performs flight operations in your community, we do so with the strongest commitments to safety, legality, and best practices that governing bodies like the FAA and trade organizations like the CRPAA demand.
Jeremy Jones is the founder of 603 Media Group and 603 Drones, LLC. He is a FAA Part 107 pilot and has experience flying multiple Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) platforms in commercial applications. He is also versed in both state and federal regulations as they relate to commercial vs hobbyist sUAS operations and helps new remote pilots to navigate these very tricky subjects.