by Sally Feldmann
October 25, 2017 - 1:07 pm
The ARGUS Audit Standard was designed for commercial unmanned aircraft operations to assess their operational safety and was developed to focus on the operator’s efforts to conduct appropriate standardized operations for every mission. As the first audit of its kind, it creates a fully-vetted registry of commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators to support end-customer sourcing and due diligence requirements for internal operations and external vendor qualification.
To become ARGUS Gold rated, unmanned operators must: be a legal entity with applicable insurance, have at least one UAS in operation, go through an in-depth historical safety analysis, have pilot backgrounds checked, and UAS procedures and processes validated.
“ARGUS is committed to creating greater safety awareness within the UAS industry through a fully-vetted registry of commercial unmanned operators,” said Joe Moeggenberg, ARGUS CEO and Founder. “Skytec has demonstrated a high regard for safety and should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
“As one of the leading providers of commercial unmanned aerial data acquisition, rigorous safety protocols, especially in demanding flight environments or conditions, are our top priority,” said Bill Rogers, CEO of Skytec, LLC. “We are proud to become one of just three companies in the U.S. to achieve the ARGUS Gold Rating to date, which offers our customers one more assurance that we are committed to the highest standards of operational safety.”
Over the last 20 years, the ARGUS Gold and Platinum Ratings Program has become the most recognized and respected source of quality assessments on aircraft charter operators, making ARGUS rated commercial operators the preferred choice for the largest and most sophisticated consumers in the world. The ARGUS Unmanned standard audit program provides the pathway for commercial UAS operators to achieve Platinum recognition.
About ARGUS International Inc.
ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is the worldwide leader in specialized aviation services that allow organizations around the globe to improve their operational and business decision making. ARGUS provides world-class aviation software and business management solutions, including TRAQPak, PRISM ARMOR SMS, and AVMOSYS Flight Scheduling Software. ARGUS Charter operator ratings are the most recognized and requested independent source of overall operator quality. TRAQPak provides industry leading market intelligence data and research services, as well as expert aviation consulting.
ARGUS subsidiaries include ARGUS PROS, the leading provider of onsite safety audits, PRISM, a worldwide leader in Safety Management Systems and Certification services, and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), world’s leading UAS safety education and training services provider. Founded in 1995, ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and is actively engaged around the globe.
About Skytec, LLC
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Skytec delivers leading-edge unmanned aviation and data services. With expertise in mapping, LiDAR and specialized sensors, Skytec serves a wide array of clients from the environmental, engineering, and natural resource sectors. Visit Skytecllc.com for more information.