Our Mission & Vision

DroneUp is the community for both professional and enthusiast drone pilots. We are committed to continuous education and safe operations. Membership requires regular completion of our free DroneUp Safe Operations course, occasional participation in sanctioned missions, and compliance with our Standards of Conduct and DroneUp Safety Guidelines. Our course materials and exams are continuously updated with regulation changes and issues identified during missions and training events. As such, we are the only community-based organization solely committed to promoting safer skies through continuous engagement with both amateur and professional drone pilots. Meet our Leadership Team.

It is the responsibility of the community to be educated operators and to maintain and demonstrate contemporary knowledge of safe UAS operation procedures and laws.

Federal, state, local, and FAA regulations are not just guidance or suggestions, they are laws and thereby govern the behavior of our community.

It is the responsibility of all community members to support, inform, and protect the other members of this community.

Guiding Principles

The future success of the unmanned systems industry is directly impacted by how professionally our community operates its vehicles and systems. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt that exists among government agencies and communities toward unmanned systems will gradually diminish only if we maintain the highest ethical and operational standards. Therefore:

  • We will utilize our unmanned vehicles: (a) For profit ONLY when appropriate; (b) To assist our communities WHENEVER needed.
  • Federal, state, local, and FAA regulations are not just guidance or suggestions, they are laws that govern our behavior.

We hold ourselves and others within our community to these standards.

Our Role

DroneUp is committed to helping the FAA improve sUAS flight safety through ever-evolving course materials, updated examinations, and safe training missions. We will educate ourselves and our pilots. We will always strive to ensure that our mission aligns with, and promotes, the desired outcomes of the FAA, public safety personnel, and the unmanned systems community.

We believe drone pilot organizations have an opportunity and perhaps even an obligation to regulate ourselves with policies, procedures and certifications that support the FAA’s drone regulations. DroneUp provides community-based guidelines in an established nationwide program. Through camaraderie and group accountability, we will continue to meet our committments to our community and to other organizations we support.

We also recommend the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Since 1936, they have supported the modeling community, providing invaluable services and opportunities. Members of our executive team and many of our pilots are active members of the AMA. They also offer liability insurance as part of their membership.

Thank you for partnering with us to improve the safety of the National Airspace System.


DroneUp is a proud member of AUVSI. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies. AUVSI members support the defense, civil and commercial sectors.