Steven Cohen was a skilled photographer 5 years in the past – however that was earlier than he began to fly drones. Five years later, Cohen is a passionate drone advocate and fanatic who now teaches the subsequent era about drone tech at a famend technical highschool.
Somewhere alongside the best way, he grew to become President of the Drone User Group Network (DUGN), based by Timothy Reuter in 2012.
While you could not have heard of it, the DUGN boasts almost 20,000 members globally, and is among the world’s largest networks of drone customers. Cohen says the group has grown “from the bottom up,” beginning as an affiliation of group chapters that “seek to promote the responsible use of flying robots for the benefit of humanity.” But because the drone trade grows, the group has stepped as much as serve the group: and the nationwide chapter will now supply a vary of assist providers for drone pilots.
The growth of the DUGN comes as many leisure flyers really feel not noted of the Part 107 regulatory construction, which says that pilots ought to fly below some group requirements, however doesn’t supply many choices exterior of the AMA. While the AMA has made vital efforts on the nationwide degree to accommodate drone pilots, “it’s on a club by club basis,” explains Cohen, which signifies that in some areas drone pilots don’t really feel welcome.
The DUGN encourages the “safe and competent use of drones,” and stresses the significance of accountable and authorized flight. They’ve revealed a Safety Code with leisure drone operators in thoughts, and the modest membership payment ($20/12 months) will present entry to main legal responsibility and hull insurance coverage for members working in adherence to the code; they will even supply a package deal of authorized providers for drone regulation questions and regional and native websites for drone operators to study and to fly.
While the membership is targeted on providers to drone flyers, it’s additionally involved with advocating for the group. “We’re forging alliances with other industry players to bring a higher level of awareness about the positive uses of drone technology,” says Cohen.
“Our membership enrollment has been good – and we’d like to see that continue and grow,” says Cohen. Drone User Group membership grew exponentially within the final 12 months – and Cohen and different membership leaders hope that the pattern will proceed, giving the membership – and the interest – momentum.