[From the CropCam googlegroup:]
From: Greg Lewis - ODIS
Date: Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 12:04 AM
Subject: International Civilian UAV Users Group?
We are just finishing up the latest CropCam training session and there has been some very good dialogue.
One of the things that we have been discussing is trying to gauge interest in forming an International civilian UAV group. In talking we think this would be a great opportunity to work as a collective group to start looking at and developing a certification program for civilian UAV "pilots". Regulations will be coming, being proactive and self regulating may help pushing things in the right direction when individual countries are developing their regulations. It would also be a way to verify that UAV operators who have this certification meet at least a minimum standard of competencies and follow standard operating procedures, etc.
As well, having a conference with this group would allow users with the same objective of using UAV's for civilian purposes to interact. We could share ideas, develop standard operating procedures, etc. I know there are UAV groups but I don't know of any that are civilian specific, if there are any that might already be serving this purpose could you please let me know.
Would other users be interested in participating in a group like this?
I truly think that organizing ourselves and being proactive in setting standards and sharing ideas, would help safely move the use of civilian UAV's forward.
[Thanks to Jeff Johnson for the pointer]