Association of Commercial

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Working together for the benefits of small UAS

Professional sUAS advocacy to help your business succeed

Yes, I want Commercial sUAS to move forward!

ACUAS Represents the Professional Users of Small UAS

The benefits of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or “drones”, are being proven everyday. Hundreds of new small businesses are starting to explore the possibilities of using sUAS to contribute to society and businesses in incredibly useful ways.

Those who see the exciting future of this technology ahead are ready to act, but so far commercial operations have been stifled in the US due to a lack of clear regulations, safety standards, and public misunderstanding.

The ACUAS firmly believes:


and businesses and citizens deserve the opportunity to move forward along with the rest of the world.


and until proven necessary, our government has no basis for restricting commercial operations.


to include everyone who wishes to use and benefit from safe and responsible sUAS operations, without delay and without restrictive barriers-to-entry.


New and Coming Developments:

Formal NPRM comment letter to FAA

ACUAS Speaks at AHS International Unmanned Systems Specialists Meeting

OkGo “Responsible Drone” Concert by partner UAV Grassroots

Town Hall Discussion on Commercial sUAS


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What is sUAS?

Small UAS are Unmanned Aircraft Systems weighing under 55 lbs, flying no higher than 500′ above ground level, operating below or outside the airspace used by larger aircraft.

How do we ensure safety?

Any commercial Small UAS operations should require competent, licensed operators. All users should be required to carry insurance appropriate to the situation and risk level.

Who are the users of sUAS?

A “user” is anyone who seeks to benefit from the operation of sUAS, such as businesses, organizations, public entities, or private individuals.

How do we ensure privacy?

Any invasions of privacy should be restricted by existing local, state, or federal laws, and enforced by those law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Who owns the National Airspace?

The American People own the National Airspace, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been appointed to manage it safely to permit use by the public.

How are commercial sUAS operations unique?

Commercial sUAS operators are under great pressure to operate safely and responsibly for their clients and their businesses. If seeking results in more sensitive or higher-risk scenarios, they have strong reasons to work closely with officials.

“We can do amazing, incredibly beneficial things with this technology, and we’re ready to get started.

That’s the core reason for doing this.”

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NPRM Survey

How do you feel about the proposed new rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or “Drones”? Take the survey below, then click to see what others are saying as well....

Why we need different rules for different drones

If we want to see the benefits of drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), we need smart regulations that allow the industry to grow while maintaining safety. But if we only define one set of rules for the entire spectrum of unmanned aircraft based on the most dangerous of all activities, we will stifle our ability to use and benefit from the technology and create a high and expensive barrier to entry that reduces competition and innovation. How can regulators choose what restrictions should be placed on whom? The solution must involve a tiered regulation system for UAS based on factors of risk. Here are some of the key risk factors the users of UAS need lawmakers to address: Size and Weight First and foremost, the most obvious difference between a large, heavy UAS like a Predator drone and a small, lightweight UAS such as a DJI Phantom or Blade Nano quadcopter, is size and weight. The damage that would be caused by a very large versus a very small mass falling from the sky would be completely different. sUAS Regulators have already set one precedent of distinguishing between the two by borrowing from earlier guidelines used for model makers in the 1980’s, which used 55 pounds (25kg) as the general maximum for small RC aircraft. Today the FAA calls these “small UAS”, or sUAS. Micro UAS However simply dividing between all UAS either below or above the 55 pound mark leaves the users of lighter aircraft at a disadvantage. A large portion of the sUAS that users would like to put to useful purposes weigh between 2 and 5 pounds. The popular DJI Phantom, for instance, weighs...

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ACUAS Submits Formal Comments to FAA’s NPRM

On March 13, 2015 the ACUAS submitted its formal comments on the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). The ACUAS supports the proposed regulations as a useful and intelligent first step toward commercial sUAS integration, and encourages the FAA to move quickly to implement the new rules. Despite the efforts of under-informed media and well-funded special interests who tried to push their own agendas and pressure the FAA to design regulations favorable to one group or another, the FAA deserves full credit for taking on the difficult challenges of sUAS integration and developing an effective solution on its own. The FAA has done its job well to move the United States toward successful industry-wide integration of sUAS, and the ACUAS looks forward to seeing the benefits reach our members.     FAA-2015-0150; Operations and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Public Comment on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by The Association of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ACUAS) 13 March, 2015   To Administrator Huerta and the FAA’s Unmanned Systems Integration team,   As an organization representing the interests of the professional users of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) technology, it is a great pleasure for the Association of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ACUAS) to express praise and overall support for the proposed regulations for the commercial use of sUAS. As your administration clearly understands, there are considerable benefits ahead for the growing number of businesses, organizations, and private citizens who wish to explore the potential useful and constructive applications of sUAS for commercial purposes, and the United States certainly deserves to see these benefits compound...