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NCDOT named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will be playing a leading role in a new group set up to improve and standardize the nationwide drone industry.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed NCDOT to the steering committee that will help develop a new Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and training organizations.

“This gives us a unique opportunity to be a lead in creating training standards for the nation,” said Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer with NCDOT. “Exciting times ahead.”

The TOP was established in November 2017 to unite the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and develop consistent best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone operators and service providers.

NCDOT is the only state government agency in the country to be named to the program.

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