Becoming an Accredited ARC Drone Operator
To be an ARC accredited ARC drone operator, the operator has to be audited by experienced and certified auditors to ensure they meet the UAS International (UIS) Standard. Only those RPAS operators that can demonstrate conformance to the UIS Standard and ongoing compliance with the UIS Code of Conduct will be registered as Accredited Operators.
UAS International ‘Standard’
The UAS International Standard is the first universal standard that encompasses all sectors of the unmanned aircraft industry and is aligned with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) guidelines released in March 2015. The standard has been developed to ensure that all remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS or “Drones”) are operated safely and in accordance with internationally recognised standards. These new standards have been developed by safety experts in the field of RPAS certification and in consultation with the RPAS industry, aviation safety regulators and the aviation insurance sector.
List of Accredited Drone Operators
The below operators comply with the UIS Standard and are subject to annual compliance audits.
1. Altitude Imaging
Since October 2012, Altitude Imaging has been providing Australian Industry with a comprehensive commercial RPA service specialising in the provision of high resolution aerial solutions for a range of industry sectors. Altitude Imaging is one of Western Australia’s most experienced RPA service companies with a track record of over 2,000 incident-free commercial projects across city, suburban, rural and remote country locations. Based in Perth, Western Australia, their services include aerial photography, aerial video, aerial survey and mapping, aerial inspection and thermal imaging using a fleet of 11 specialised RPA systems.
2. 3FB Aerworks
3FB Aerworx brings to RPA operations combined experience in the utilities industry, emergency services, environmental management, photography as well as film and television production. Their unique industry expertise provides an indispensable edge for the discerning client. Their safety, environmental and privacy considerations are at the forefront of all, ensuring peace of mind throughout all stages of operation. 3FB Aerworx’s dedicated team is constantly working to improve platforms, equipment and capabilities, ensuring ongoing provision of state of the art equipment that keeps them at the leading edge of the RPA field.
3. Selected Solutions
Asset inspection industry leader, Select Solutions, is the first major service provider in the essential services sector to achieve CASA certification. Select Solutions has a long history providing services to infrastructure owners and operators across electricity, water and gas industries throughout all stages of data analysis, including technology solutions that capture, manage, and analyse asset condition and performance data.
With a continuous program of work supported by 24 dedicated qualified operators, a fleet of 28 varied RPA types and a state of the art mobility and works management system, Select Solutions offers a range of services and turnkey solutions for distribution pole top inspection, transmission tower inspection, thermal imaging, above ground infrastructure and facilities inspection and telecommunication tower inspection.
4. A UAV
Australian UAV (AUAV) is an award-winning national scale drone service provider, focused on asset inspection as well as large area mapping and aerial survey. With a staff of qualified surveyors, inspectors, civil engineers, draftsmen, remote sensing experts, pilots, aircraft designers and software developers on staff they are able to successfully deliver even the most challenging aerial data projects. AUAV has the in-house capability to design and create custom drone systems as well as data analysis and presentation software solutions when needed, including their own inSite™ visual asset inspection and management platform.