Unmanned Aircraft Professional Association (UAPA), International
UAPA provides help to those that would like to gain knowledge about the commercial applications for unmanned aircraft (UA) and have or would like to start a Unmanned Aircraft (UA)/Drone business in operations, services, apps development and manufacturing. With your involvement and strong support we can address the critical issues associated with commercial unmanned aircraft (UA)/Drone applications. Many people already operate successful businesses in this emerging area. Anyone, anywhere in the world can join. Get in on the ground floor of this profitable emerging industry. Your membership gives you full access to all of our benefits and resources including:
- FREE UAV Fundamentals Course on DVD ($650 value)
- Legal Representation
- Business Insurance
- FREE Business Start-Up Counseling Session ($100 value)
- Discount on Annual Members Meeting
- Member Certificate
Legal Representation: Obtain legal services from our partner law firms that specialize in UA/Drone operations, services and manufacturing.
Insurance: Select from a list of insurance services from our partner insurance firms that specialize in UA/Drone operations, services, apps development and manufacturing.
Training: Learn the theory and application from our academic courses or obtain UA/Drone Pilot training. Purchase a course on DVD, participate in an online course or visit one of our UA pilot training schools.
Business Start-Up Counseling: A member can select a UA/drone business application and ask for a business case analysis. UAPA will provide market analysis and recommendations.
Example Business Start-up Business Case Analysis
Agriculture Business Start-up: Crop farming in the USA has an annual profit of $150 billion. One of the major expenses is chemical application. Chemicals consist of fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. If the amount of chemical usage can be reduced, farmers profits will increase. A UA/Drone can use specialized sensors to discover non-fertile areas, plant disease and weed infestations. Instead of applying chemicals to the entire farm, only apply chemicals to affected areas detected by a UA/Drone. A total of $26 billion is spent on fertilizer every year. If UA/Drone usage can save 30%, an increase of $8.7 billion in profits can be realized. A very cheap off the shelf vegetation stress camera (like the XNiteCannonSX230NDVI 12 megapixel with GPS) can easily be mounted on a UA/Drone to capture the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to indicate soil fertility as shown in the image below:
Communications Business Start-up: New UA/drone propulsion systems including solar, fuel cells and electric engines allow for very long endurance times There are UA/Drone development programs with endurance on the order of a month, year or even 5 years. A UA/drone could be used as flying internet hub. As shown in the image below, the coverage area for a UA/Drone at 55,000 ft is 314 sq km. Boston is 125 sq km so a single UAV would cover the entire city. With an average internet bill of $100 and a population of 636,479 the total annual revenue generated is around $700 million If a new company called Sky Iternet captures 10% of the market that would be $70 million.
Unmanned Aircraft Professional Association (UAPA), International provides numerous services for start-up commercial UA/Drone companies. We are hoping to recruit over 500,000 members which will make UAPA the largest aviation organization in the world.
The pledges you make will provide you with training courses to teach you the basics of UA/Drones so you can either obtain employment or start your own UA/Drone business. This can be done reasonably today because costs continue to decrease. Joining UAPA will provide you with the business start-up advice, legal representation and insurance to make your business a success.
Unmanned Aircraft Professional Association (UAPA), International is a one stop shop for UA/Drone business owners. This is an International Association open to everyone worldwide. UAPA officers will be appointed for a two year term. After that, elections will be held for two years terms. Some funds will be used to setup an office and provide a salary for the following officers.
Chief Operations Officer
Commercial UA Pilot Chairman
Commercial UA Maintenance Chairman
Commercial UA Manufacturing Chairman
Business Applications Chairman
Air Traffic Control Chairman
Education Programs Chairman
There are already 1000 UA/Drone companies in the USA and many more around the world. The USA has waited many years for commercial UA/Drone operations. On July 26, 2013 the FAA announced UA/Drone commercialization on their website opening the door for tens of thousands of businesses to start-up.
One Giant Leap for Unmanned-Kind
A new revolutionary industry has just launched. For the first time in history, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved commercial unmanned aircraft (UA)/Drone operations. The Insitu Scan Eagle and Aerovironment PUMA have been approved for commercial operation. To read more, visit this link
Scan Eagle Endurance 24 hours, Wingspan 10 ft, Length 5ft, 20,000 ft, 48 knots, 44 lb, Catapult launch, Sky hook recovery, Optical/IR
This is a trillion dollar industry with a "T." Thousands of companies are starting up to provide commercial services and manufacture commercial unmanned aircraft (UA)/drones. The time to start is now, while the opportunity is young. A list of business applications for commercial UA/drones is shown at the end. Start immediately by joining UAPA. Being the first will give you an edge over your competition.
PUMA Endurance 2 hours, Wingspan 9 ft, Length 4.5 ft, 45 knots, Hand launch, Recovery Deep stall land or water landing, EO/IR
Sold on Amazon.com (Perk Value $87). This book describes unmanned air, ground, sea and space vehicles in detail. The introduction is written by Brian Binnie, the test pilot for SpaceShipOne and second commercial astronaut. The chapters are written by the world expert Unmanned Vehicle University faculty members that have PhDs in engineering and an average of 25 years of experience in unmanned systems. After describing each type of unmanned vehicle, the book goes on to describe the technologies that are common between these vehicles such as sensors, communications and autonomy. The book is beautifully illustrated with 100 color photos to make the content easy to understand. It is written at a level for the average person with no equations or graphs. The book is intended as an undergraduate textbook in unmanned systems and has questions to challenge the student at the end of each chapter. It can also be used to motivate those seeking to establish a career in unmanned systems. Commercial applications for unmanned systems are interleaved throughout the book. The book is used as a reference for the UA Fundamentals Course, the most comprehensive UAV course in the world. There is even a chapter on technology transition for commercial applications written by an AUVSI Chapter President. Purchase this soon to be collectors item written by the world experts in unmanned systems. Prepare yourself for a future in this exciting new industry. It will be a trillion dollar industry in the future. Join UAPA now to get in on the ground floor of this profitable emerging industry.
UA/Drone Fundamentals Course on DVD (Perk Value = $650)
Learn the basics of unmanned aircraft (UA). This DVD includes 16 hours of lectures from the popular Unmanned Aircraft Fundamentals Executive Course offered by Unmanned Vehicle University. It is the most comprehensive UA course in the World! The course has been taught numerous times around the world at Universities and for the military services. The course is for anyone that desires a solid understanding of Unmanned Aircraft (UA) Components, UA Communications & Data Links, UA Sensors & Characteristics, UA Ground Control Systems, Civil UA Types, Roles and Operations, Small UAs, Civil Airspace Integration, Sense and Avoid Systems, UA Mishaps, Causes of Failure, Improving Reliability, Human Machine Interface, UA Alternative Propulsion (Fuel Cells and Solar), UA Navigation, UA Autonomous Operations, UA Swarming and Future UA Roles & Technologies. The video is published on a DVD, in MPEG-4 format with an embedded University seal.
How to Start a UA/Drone Business Course on DVD (Perk Value = $155)
There are hundreds of businesses starting up to manufacture and operate small unmanned aircraft vehicles. Civil applications include law enforcement, firefighting, precision farming, pipeline inspection, aerial photography and many more. The FAA has stated that there will be over 10,000 commercial UAs in the next 5 years. Gene Payson, President of Troy Built Models, a very successful small UA manufacturing and training company, and third largest small UA business in the USA, explains the requirements necessary to start a Small UA business. After receiving initial flight training, individuals can follow Gene's checklist to start a successful UA business which includes: small UA markets, small UA commercial applications, small UA components, labor, flight consumables, test areas, communications service, maintenance subcontracts, flight training subcontracts, software licenses, advertising, insurance expenses and profit. The video is published on a DVD, in MPEG-4 format with an embedded University seal.
Small UA/Drone Design and Construction Course on DVD (Perk Value = $1000)
The goal of this course is familiarization with small UA design and construction. The instructor shows you step by step how to construct this small UA. The goal of the construction is not to simply put the vehicle together but to lean how to integrate a sensor payload into a small unmanned aircraft vehicle. A design theory lecture is accomplished first, followed by the applicable construction lab where the instructor shows you how. Lectures are correlated with labs, for example, aerodynamics is discussed in the first lesson followed by a lab on how to put the air-frame together. The lecture topics are: Design, History, UA Aerodynamics, UA Performance, UA Propulsion, UA Loads and Structures, UA Mission Planning & Control Station, UA and Payload Control, UA Data Links and UA Launch & Recovery Systems. The lab topics are: Assemble the airframe, Install external pilot controls, Range test the external pilot controls, Bench test motor and power system, Install motor and power system, Bench test autopilot and sensors, Install autopilot and sensors, Become familiar with ground control station software, Set up an run hardware in the loop simulation, Tune autopilot, Bench test video payload, Install video payload, and Install and test autopilot telemetry modem. The video is published on a DVD, in MPEG-4 format with an embedded University seal.
UA/Drone Piot Training (Perk Value $3500)
The average UA pilot makes $104,000 (Indeed.com). The UA pilot training program consists of three phases. Phase 1 (ground school) and Phase 2 (simulator) are conducted at home. Phase three (flight training) is conducted at one of our flight schools. At the end of the program, students will receive the UA Pilot Certificate that shows 10 hours of simulator, 16 hours of ground school and 24 hours of flight training for a total of 50 hours of training. There is no previous experience required to enroll in this program.
There is incredible value in each one of the perks
One Year UAPA Membership ($45), FREE UA/Drone Fundamentals Course on DVD ($650 Value), Certificate, Unmanned Aircraft Business Start-up Counselling Session ($100 Value), Unmanned Aircraft Legal Representation, Unmanned Aircraft Insurance, $20 toward annual members conference. Total value is $815
$45 Perk above + $30 toward annual members conference + Textbook: Introduction to Unmanned Systems: Air, Ground, Sea and Space, Technologies & Commercial Applications. Total value is $912
$150 Perk above + $50 toward annual members conference + How to Start a UA Business Course on DVD. ($155). Total value is $1097
$250 Perk Above + DVD Course on Small UA/Drone Design & Construction ($1000 value) + Free admissions to annual members conference. Total value is $2147
$500 Perk + Free admission to Live UA Fundamentals Curse in Las Vegas ($1500 value). Total value = $3647
$1000 Perk + UA Pilot Training ($3500): The average UA pilot makes $104,000 (Indeed.com). The UA pilot training program consists of three phases. Phase 1 (ground school) and Phase 2 (simulator) are conducted at home. Phase three (flight training) is conducted at one of our flight schools. At the end of the program, students will receive the UA Pilot Certificate that shows 10 hours of simulator, 16 hours of ground school and 24 hours of flight training for a total of 50 hours of training. There is no previous experience required to enroll in this program. Total value is $7147
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Commercial Applications for Untanned Aircraft/Drones
The following list of commercial applications for UA/Drones. Applications were selected on the basis of how a customer can save time, save money or reduce the risk to human life. Video examples are also included.
For examples of commercial business applications fo UA/Drones click on the titles below:
Chemicals such as fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides and hebicides are normally applied to an entire farm. If a UA/Drone can identify problem areas, these chemicals can only be applied where needed. The result can be up to a 50% savings.
Plant Water Content
A UA with a thermal sensor can be used to detect plant water content. In the image below you can see that for well watered plants the image is dark and for plants that need water the image is light.
Plant Disease Detect
A UA with a hyperspectral sensor can detect disease in plants. Not only can you detect disease, you can determine the specific one. In the image below, anything that is not green is infected and needs to be treated with fungicide. Farmers will save significant money because they do not need to apply the chemicals over the entire farm.
Weeds can destroy entire harvests if not controlled. A UA can detect weed infestations and herbicides can be applied to control. A UA can detect early. In addition, instead of applying herbicide to the entire farm, the chemical only needs to be applied to specific problem areas. A significant savings will be realized.
The image below is a carbon composite UA/Drone that was developed by the University of Florida. The concept is for the UA to fly into a hurricane or tornado and have the winds carry the vehicle around to take measurements.
NASA owns two Global Hawks (below) that fly above hurricanes and eject dropsonds from the rear. There sensors parachute down into the hurricane making temperature, pressure, humidity and winds.
Bridges are collapsing in America due to wear and tear. It is important to conduct inspections to determine if reinforcements are needed. IR sensors can actually see inside delaminations
Power lines require inspection. This is normally accomplished with a manned helicopter with an IR sensor. Significant savings can be realized by using a UA/Drone. Metal connectors heat up before failure and this can be seen by a UA with a thermal sensor.
First rescue in history of a human from a UA/Drone. A thermal IR sensor on a UA/Drone was responsible for the rescue.
Rail Track Bed Inspection
Railroad track cracks an missing bolts can be discovered bya UA/Drone.
The Washington Monument was inspected for cracks after the East Coast Earthquake. Human eyesight was used while repelling down the monument. A perfect task for a UA/Drone. Sensors on a UA can more precisely locate the cracks and lthe risk of oss of human life is reduced.
Traffic Flow Analysis
Time is money and traffic jams affect business cost and schedules. A UA/Drone can monitor traffic with a LIDAR sensor. Complex flow patterns can be identified and quantified.
Highway design requires survey work. If the surveys are conducted on the ground it can take up to 50 days. If a UA/Drone is used, the survey can be completed in 9 days using a LIDAR sensor.
A LIDAR sensor on a UA/Drone can be utilized to optimize parking utilization. Overutilized areas can be recognized. Future parking supply can be planned. LIDAR can automatically detect, vehicles can be classified and parking duration can be measured.
FedEx Unmanned Cargo
FedEx CEO Fred Smith announced in 2010 the development of a UA/Drone cargo aircraft.
Many animals are on the endangered species list. Animals are bred in captivity and eventually have to introduced into the wild. A perfect application for a UA is to scout areas to determine of predators are in the area. USGS is leading this effort.
Historical Preservation of Petroglyphs
Carvings in stone are very old and need to be preserved. A UA/Drone equipped with a LIDAR sensor can capture these carvings for preservation
In Saudi Arabia many lifes have been lost due to flash flooding. Now a company has developed a strategy to provide waring. As the water flows, a group of UA/Drones drops sensors on the ground. When the water arrives, the sensor floats and can be monitored for position. This could provide a 1-2 hour warning
USGS launched a program to count sandhill cranes with UA/Drones. In the past a wildlife biologist had to obtain a sample and estimate. Now a UA can use a thermal IR sensor to get an exact count as shown below.
A hyperspectral sensor has hundreds of IR bands. This allows for identification of detailed spectrums. One example is the location of mineral deposits. As shown below, different filters can be applied to locate specific minerals.
Forest Fire Management
During a forest fire much of the ground is obscured due to smoke. If a UA/Drone were equipped with an Near IR sensor, the sensor could see though smoke. Fire managers could then see the hot spots and direct efforts to those areas. In addition, continuous monitoring would allow firefiters to be updated on escape routes. Both China and Clile have dedicated UAs for firefighting
Brazil is using their Hermes 450 UA/Drone to cover soccer games
The Electric Power Research Institute is working with the FAA on using UA/Drone to help restore power. If a UA/Drone is used, affected areas can be located more quickly so restoration efforts can be accelerated
France is training 20 postal workers o fly the Parrot AR UA/Drone to deliver newspapers.
There are 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelies in America. Currently a whole fleet of aircraft conduct inspections for oil and gas leaks. Long endurance UA/Drones can accomplish the same task much cheaper
This is not just about food delivery but also about cargo delivery. Medical supplies can be delivered to remote areas in countries where there are no roads. It i also about instant consumer gratification. Having something delivered in less than an hour vs a few days will open many new markets.
Oil Rig Inspection
Oil ris need to be inspected on a periodic basis. They need to be shut down during the inspection which causes a loss of revenues. If a UA/Drone is used, operations can continue. Cyberhawk in th UK is a world class oil rig inspection company that switched over to UAs
A ground tractor takes one hour to apply pesticide to an acre of grapes. With an unmanned helicopter it takes 6 minutes.
When the brake or gearbox from a wind turbine fails the results can be disastrous as shown in the video. Before failure the brake or gearbox heats up. This heat can be seen by a UA/Drone equipped with a thermal IR sensor as shown in the figure below
Dr Jerry LeMieux