ARGUS International: Taking UAS Companies to the Peak of their Success
This scenario is perfectly analogous to commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires certifications to legitimately operate commercial operations for hire or compensation in the National Airspace System (NAS).
These trends have now driven the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to mandate drone registrations and professional pilot’s license when flying unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) for commercial use, without which, they are likely to face civil and criminal penalties that include heavy fines, regulatory sanctions, revocation of pilot license/s and imprisonment. However, the journey to getting FAA certifications can be an unstable landscape for companies, considering the process is both comprehensive and complex with companies unfamiliar with the evolving regulations of the UAS sector. And often, even if clients are aware of what their end goal should be, the path from A to Z is unclear to them. Against this backdrop, ARGUS International—a FAA Qualified Certification Consultant—is assisting organizations to enhance their UAS operations in the U.S. and stay compliant with the changing aviation regulations.
“Our mission is to help clients through their UAS certification process and ensure that they operate with the utmost safety and remain compliant,” says Maribeth Forst, business development executive at ARGUS International.
The company is a proud subsidiary of SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company, and is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Both ARGUS and SGS are working hand in hand to lead their clients to the peak of their success by providing them with a broad range of aviation services, including FAA certification/validation, due diligence, audits, safety management, flight tracking, and training.
A Compass in the Certification Jungle
“The UAS sector is a burgeoning multi-billion-dollar industry that is brimming with opportunities,” says Maribeth. But in the U.S., the UAS sector is mostly limited to non-commercial applications, and hence, drone operators in the country are finding it challenging to unlock this potential. As unmanned aircraft systems are sharing the same airspace with the manned aircraft, the FAA is getting stricter with UAS operators to get certified and follow the safety protocols in place.
To that end, ARGUS employs a consultative approach to guide its customers through the entire FAA certification process. “Every UAS or UAV differs depending upon its design and manufacturing process, but when it comes to certification, they all have to follow the same FAA standards and protocols,” says Maribeth.
Our mission is to help clients through their UAS certification process and ensure that they operate safely and remain compliant
ARGUS International, thus, is making the certification process simpler and more seamless. As an established player that has been in the aviation services space since 1995, ARGUS is uniquely qualified to solve the impediments faced by its clients in the FAA compliance space.“We are the conduit between our UAS customers and the FAA. We back our clients with the essential expertise that is needed to navigate the complex FAA structure,” says Adriene Thompson, marketing manager at ARGUS International.
Safety Management Simplified
There’s a saying that goes, ‘accidents are failures of risk management.’ Thus, ARGUS always takes extra care when it comes to safety management, helping companies build organizational risk profiles in the safety management systems. The specialized consulting helps the clients leverage the risk profiles to determine the chances of peril and take steps to avoid costly accidents in the future. ARGUS also ensures that the organizational risk profiles suit the specific requirements laid down by the FAA when getting certifications.“If one considers the complex FAA certification process as “Mount Everest,” then we are much like their guiding ‘Sherpas,’ helping them take each step cautiously and leading them to the top of the peak,” remarks Maribeth.
Further, what differentiates ARGUS as a specialized aviation services organization is its insatiable curiosity and ability to understand its customers’ requirements and deliver solutions that meet and exceed their expectations while providing the highest level of customer experience. Because of this, ARGUS is fast becoming the go-to specialized aviation services provider for pioneering companies around the world. Moving forward with such determination, ARGUS is poised to revolutionize the UAS compliance landscape by being the guiding map for commercially aspiring UAS trailblazers.