This is a call-to-action for you all.
We here outline a vision for UAVNZ to continue to grow into a valuable 102 Operators Industry Association and a roadmap for getting there.
We seek to quickly convert ideas and engagement into action continue to build a world-leading UAV Industry for NZ, to the benefit of all parties involved.
Many of you will be aware of UAVNZ. This organisation was initiated in 2013, supported by Callaghan Innovation, by a body of like-minded people that are passionate about the potential NZ UAV industry and was officially formed in Queenstown in July 2015.
Currently a division of Aviation NZ, the Executive Committee of UAVNZ meets monthly to build a credible industry body to advance the NZ UAV industry. There has been traction on some issues, but we see a lot of potential for further growth and impact.
To achieve this potential, we need your participation!
UAVNZ has set out to be the professional industry body for commercial UAV Operators in NZ. We work closely with CAA and seeks to achieve goals aligned to a defined set of agreed outcomes. The following is an indicative overview:
Differentiate 102 Operations from 101 Operations.
To achieve this, we have focused on the following areas:
Develop Best Practice and Set Standards for Airworthiness.
The aim here is move towards a 102 certificate being the baseline standard for commercial UAV operations in NZ. (This may deserve a sub-committee)
Grow the NZ UAV Market.
UAVNZ would leverage the difference between 101 and 102 operations to build confidence amongst potential customers and the general public. This includes the following initiatives:
Support 102 Rule Development.
Work collectively with CAA to build standard safety cases to support the provision of rules with greater operational freedom.
Although we achieved some commendable outcomes over the years, to fulfil UAVNZ’s full potential we need your help. At a very minimum we need your membership, and preferably we’d enjoy your engagement either by sharing your ideas or concerns with the committee, or by posting these on our forum.
The UAVNZ Committee