ASSURE Partner ERAU Worldwide Conducts Research to Create Holiday UAS Consumer Guide

November 2, 2015

Embry-Riddle Aeronatuical University Develops Crowdfunding Campaign to Create Holiday UAS Consumer Guide

Despite recent technological and regulatory advancement, concern for irresponsible operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; 55 pounds and under) continues to grow. The projection that more than one-million such platforms will be sold by the 2015 holiday season has far reaching implications for this evolving industry.

ERAU-Worldwide hopes to reach a large and diverse audience through the detailed examination of at least 15 popular small UAS and development of a consumer guide. This guide will help promote thorough platform consideration and comparison, prior to purchase and use. Our intent is to investigate key areas important to such operators, including system performance, quality of construction, ease of operation, cost, accuracy of advertised capability, and user support. This project, to be conducted by our UAS faculty and students, will help to identify options for purchase, appropriate to an operator's skill and experience levels, while introducing key metrics for future consumer comparison. 
 
We have established a crowdfunding campaign to ask for your assistance in acquiring several of the more popular platforms, which can be found at: https://crowdfunding.erau.edu/project/1157
 
Please join us in further educating the public, building student experience, and ensuring the viability, safety, and future of this evolving industry. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in supporting our efforts through donation of funds, equipment and services, or learning more about our UAS related education and research.