United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) has introduced a safety program called Performance Vector Unmanned,created specifically for policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems. The new program aims to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft.
The program’s predecessor, Performance Vector, was established in 2011 to provide safety-supportive benefits to policyholders who insure turbine-powered manned aircraft. Likewise, Performance Vector Unmanned integrates products and services specific to UAS operational safety and is made broadly available to holders of UAS policies.
According to Paul Ratté, USAIG’s director of aviation safety programs, the program a includes one remote pilot’s ground school with any UAS policy, as well as discounted rates for additional trainees.
The program’s initial offering is the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Ground School Course, provided online by ARGUS Unmanned. The course offers required aeronautical knowledge for remote pilots of UAS weighing less than 55 pounds. The curriculum addresses all aeronautical knowledge factors outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) examination. It augments those with safety concepts and practices to develop well-informed and responsible remote pilots. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion from ARGUS Unmanned. This prepares them to attain or recurrently sustain Remote Pilot-in-Command certification.
The course teaches what human factors contribute to errors and violations and how they may cause UAS accidents. It also teaches the ethical and legal requirements of being a responsible remote pilot and explores a professional career in unmanned aviation.
USAIG provides a full spectrum of coverage options for owners, operators, manufacturers and maintainers of corporate, private and commercial aircraft. United States Aviation Underwriters, Inc. manages USAIG. USAIG is a subsidiary of General Re Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company.
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is a specialized aviation services company that provides the aviation marketplace with data and information.
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