ARPAS-UK is a trade association run by the members for the members. We are a non-profit organisation which means that your membership fees go where they should: to help develop the industry and to provide credible representation to the various authorities that govern the industry.
Our committee is made up of our members. Each year at the AGM, the committee members resign en masse and may stand for re-election with any other member who wishes to stand. The essential benefit of this is that our committee is made up of people who work ‘at the coal face’ and can relate entirely to the needs of the industry across its full spectrum. No other UK trade association for RPAS can say this.
ARPAS-UK works closely with various authorities such as the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport and through our membership we represent the industry as a whole. This gives us credibility and a genuine ability to influence how our working environment develops, something that could not be achieved by individual businesses working alone.
One other element to consider is that we have a very collegiate membership. Through our forums, there is a wealth of information being shared from safety, professional standards, business hints and tips that results in a development of professionalism across the board.