Industry Organizations


Below are listed a number of other UAS industry organizations, some of whom share interests and objectives similar to those of the ACUAS. This information is provided as a useful educational reference to our community, and is not intended as an endorsement. The ACUAS does, however, invite these and any other groups to work together in partnership toward our greater goals.


Established Membership Organizations

AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics

Association for hobby model aircraft enthusiasts. Supports local flying clubs across the United States.


 Founded in 1936


AUVSI – Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Association for all Unmanned Systems and Robotics – air, land, or sea – of any size used for any purpose, from Predator drones to submarines to Mars rovers. Their work includes advocacy for the UAS industry, including working closely with the FAA and the US Department of Defense. Their executive board includes people from Northrop Grumman Corp. and Airbus Group, Inc.


Founded in 1972


AOPA – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Association for users of full-scale (manned) aircraft, primarily pilots of General Aviation (i.e. non-military or airline). Works closely with FAA and various aviation industry companies.

 Founded in 1939

AHS International

International technical society for engineers, scientists and others working on vertical flight technology. Primarily focused on manned flight but growing its work with unmanned systems.

Founded in 1943

New Membership Organizations

RCAPA – Remote Control Aerial Platform Association

Formerly the “Remote Control Aerial Photographers Association”.

A membership organization for small business aerial operators.


Founded in 2007

Gene Robinson and Patrick Egan, sUAS News Podcast

Texas / San Francisco


Drone User Group Network

A network of local meetup groups for civilian drone users, seeking “to foster interest in the use of civilian drone technology and demonstrate its positive potential for humanity.”

Founded in 2012

Timothy Reuter, Drone U

Washington, D.C.

DPA – Drone Pilots Association

A membership organization for drone pilots. Formed in June 2014 to challenge the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.


Founded in 2014

Peter Sachs, Attorney



UAVSA – Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association

Membership organization for users of UAV Systems, wishing to “promote and protect the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace.”

Founded in 2014

Tesla Foundation Group

Los Angeles, CA


UAVUS – United States Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers

A membership organization for unmanned aerial videographers.


Founded in 2014

Bob Gonsalves, PR and Marketing

Marietta, GA


Other Organizations

Small UAV Coalition

Lobbying group representing the interests of about a dozen companies interested in UAS, including Amazon, Google X, GoPro, DJI, and 3D Robotics. Advocating for commercial operations and a safety campaign in partnership with the FAA, AMA, and AUVSI.


Founded in 2014

Akin Gump Law Firm

Washington D.C.


UAS America Fund, LLC

An investment group seeking to capitalize on UAS commercialization as a public-private partnership (investment loans funded privately but guaranteed by US govt.)

Founded in 2014

NEXA Capital Partners, LLC

Washington, D.C.

 Industry Events

Upcoming events related to the UAS industry



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Las Vegas, NV

9-11 Sep 2015

DSEI – Defense and Security Event

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London, UK

15-18 Sep 2015

Drone World Expo

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San Jose, CA


17-18 Nov 2015

Past Events

International Paris Air Show

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Paris, France

15-21 Jun 2015

International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Denver, CO

9-12 Jun 2015

Unmanned Systems 2015


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Atlanta, GA

 4-7 May 2015


Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition – sUSB Expo 2015

by sUAS News

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San Francisco, CA

29 Apr-1 May 2015

Skytech 2015

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London, England

24 Apr 2015

UAS East Symposium 2015 – Civil and Commercial UAS

by Technology Training Corporation

Event Link

Washington D.C.


18-19 Mar 2015


International Drone Day

Organized by “That Drone Show”

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Multiple Local Community Events

14 Mar 2015

UAS West Symposium 2015

by Technology Training Corporation

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Washington D.C.


11-12 Mar 2015


Expo Drone México 2015

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Mexico City, Mexico

7 Mar 2015


Florida Unmanned Systems Business Expo

AUVSI – Florida Peninsula

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Orlando, FL

26-27 Feb 2015

IDEX – International Defense Exhibition and Conference

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

22-26 Feb 2015


TUSExpo – The Unmanned Systems Expo

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The Hague, The Netherlands

4-6 Feb 2015

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

Event Link

The Hague, The Netherlands

5 Feb 2015


AHS Unmanned Rotorcraft Specialist Meeting

by AHS International

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Phoenix, AZ

20-22 Jan 2015

AMA Expo 2015

by AMA

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Ontario (Orange County), CA

9 Jan 2015

CES-Consumer Electronics Show

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Las Vegas, NV

6-9 Jan 2015

Drone for the Holidays

Organized by Roswell Flight Test Crew

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Multiple Local Community Events

4 Jan 2015


LA Drone Expo


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Los Angeles, CA

13 Dec 2014

Unmanned Systems Canada – 2014 Annual Conference

by Unmanned Systems Canada

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Montreal, QC


4-6 Nov 2014

International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

by Concordia University

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Montreal, QC

29 Sep – 1 Oct 2014

UAS Event

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Madrid, Spain

26-27 May 2014

sUSB Expo

by sUAS News

Event Link

San Francisco, CA

8-9 May 2014

DARC – Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference

by NYU

Event Link

New York City, NY


11-13 Oct 2013