In the commercial drone world, one of the biggest risks to developing commercial UAS programs is public approval of drones. Ensuring successful relationships is something the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) excels at. The 501(c) non-profit organization is home to DRONERESPONDERS – the world’s fastest growing program supporting public safety UAS.
With recent events in Colorado, effective outreach is becoming even more important than ever. Because their primary focus is working with the public, this is especially true for drone operators working within public safety and emergency services.
This article was originally posted January 17, 2020 on Commercial UAV News.
In 2019, AIRT DRONERESPONDERS blazed a trail through the industry developing partnerships, alliances, and generating much needed visibility surrounding the use of drones by first responders.
For 2020, they are launching their Drones For Good™ campaign focused on demonstrating the value drones have to offer across a wide variety of public safety and emergency response use cases. Examples of the Drones For Good™ campaign include mapping the disaster zone of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, establishing safety standards for flight training and operations, conducting public awareness campaigns with key partners, and by helping to educate first responders at the DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit, which is set to take place at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston.
Commercial UAV News spoke with Chief Charles Werner, director of DRONERESPONDERS, and Christopher Todd, the executive director of AIRT, about their experience with mapping the Bahamas with Pix4Dreact, the different types of public outreach initiatives they have been planning, and how Drones For Good™ will impact the unmanned systems industry in 2020.
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