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Avion’s Former Army Aviators Lead Commercial UAS Team to FAA Section 333 Exemption
Congratulations to our Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team, who was just granted their FAA Section 333 Exemption! Before beginning Commercial UAS Operations, a company must go through an extensive process and apply for an FAA Section 333 Exemption – this is a “temporary fix” to the current lack of UAS regulation while the FAA and lawmakers work to adopt permanent UAS regulations. With this exemption, Avion’s licensed pilots on our Commercial UAS team are capable of performing UAS missions for Search and Rescue, Structural Inspections, and Data Collection, in addition to professional UAS training and payload integration.
Avion is no stranger to unmanned operations. “We have been in the aerospace engineering business for over two decades, with expertise in aviation safety and UAS airspace integration, as well as extensive support of Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) operations for the U.S. Army,” stated Chad Donald, President and CEO of Avion. “Our experience in Interactive Multimedia Instruction and training development will help to position Avion as a leader in professional UAS training programs for medium and large organizations.”
In the midst of UAS misuse and privacy concerns, Avion is focused on safe, FAA Compliant UAS Operations in the national airspace. FAA Compliant Operators, such as Avion Solutions, reduce the risk of UAS-related incidents and operate at a significantly lower cost than similar manned aircraft operations. Partnering with organizations like the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Avion is committed to advancing the FAA’s goal of safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System by helping organizations understand and mitigate the risks involved.
Taylor Abington, the company’s project lead stated, “As an aerospace organization, we have a responsibility to ensure that commercial UAS operators understand the rapidly-changing regulatory environment, as well as the safety aspects of operating unmanned aircraft in the national airspace. As more civil operations begin to leverage this technology, our intent is to set an industry standard for others to follow in keeping UAS operations legal and safe. Whether it is through comprehensive UAS training, providing UAS services to clients, rapid prototyping, systems integration, or participation in community events, Avion’s commitment to safety and quality will reflect our military and aerospace history.”
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