Who we are

The Association of Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc. (ACUO) began in 2009 with seven of the then eight CASA certified UAV operators, and was formally registered as a not-for-profit association in the State of Queensland on the 31st March 2010.

ACUO is bound by its Constitution to:

  • Protect the interests of CASA Certified UAV Operators
  • Establish the association as a responsible authority and;
  • Promote the growth and expansion of the commercial UAV industry in Australia

ACUO was the first commercial UAV Operator association of its type in the world however in the last couple of years we have seen similarly focussed associations being formed in Europe and the Americas. This ‘Operator’ focus stands in contrast to the acknowledged existence of generic, marketing-oriented industry bodies, which do not address the challenges of day to day commercial aviation activity, or “Aerial Work Operations”. In this respect, ACUO is the only UAV industry body directly representing the commercial sector of unmanned aviation in Australia.

The ACUO membership has decades of experience in commercial UAV operations and an impeccable record of safety. Since commercial UAV operations formally began in this country in November 2002, there has not been a single accident or incident resulting from ACUO member’s thousands of hours of commercial UAV flight operations.

This record of achievement by ACUO members is a major source of pride and is a status we are eager to protect by maintaining the highest standards of safety and risk management.

Our Management Committee is elected annually from the membership to promote the benefits of professional RPAS Operators, and to protect the industry from unnecessary burden.

ACUO is a Non-Corporate Partner Organisation member of UVS International, the global unmanned systems industry association headquartered in Paris. ACUO is Australia’s representative on the International RPAS Coordination Council, a prestigious industry body initiated by UVS International to coordinate RPAS standards globally.

ACUO also participates in a variety of international RPAS committees focusing on issues of importance to the commercial sector of unmanned aviation, including Insurance, Flight-Crew Training & Licensing and Airworthiness & Maintenance.