The Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) is a non-profit coalition focused on promoting a legal and regulatory framework that supports innovation, collaboration and growth in the unmanned systems industry in the Commonwealth.
Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia
To foster the growth of the unmanned systems industry in Virginia through advocacy efforts focused on economic and workforce development, financial incentives and a business-friendly regulatory environment.
Our Key PrioritiesThrough advocacy efforts, USAV will work with the Virginia General Assembly and Governor’s Administration on state matters involving unmanned systems and coordinate with members of the Virginia Congressional delegation on federal issues. USAV will coordinate with the Secretaries of Technology, Commerce and Trade, and Transportation, as well as the Governor’s Office, to establish and promote industry opportunities available in the Commonwealth.
- Promoting Virginia’s UAS test site, unmanned systems research and other resources
- Sharing information about grant opportunities for expansion of existing businesses or attracting new unmanned systems businesses
- Supporting legislation that fosters a business environment that is favorable to innovation and development of technology
- Supporting public and private programs that promote STEM education, workforce training and workforce development that may be beneficial to the unmanned systems industry
- Promoting collaboration among entrepreneurial, existing technology and academic research entities
Our MembersOur members represent aerial, ground and maritime sectors of the unmanned systems industry in Virginia.
Click here to learn more about USAV's officers and board of directors.
On December 19, USAV held its second board meeting, followed by a roundtable discussion and reception with industry representatives and key leaders from the McAuliffe Administration including, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden, Virginia Director of Aviation Randy Burdette, as well as representatives from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the office of the Secretary of Technology.
The Unmanned Systems Industry is Rapidly Developing in VirginiaThe unmanned systems industry is rapidly expanding throughout the United States, and Virginia has a unique economic opportunity to seize on this emerging industry. In fact, The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to the eighth largest concentration of unmanned system firms. Virginia’s highly skilled workforce, its experienced veterans returning to civilian life and leading-edge research performed at Virginia universities and laboratories all position the Commonwealth to serve as the hub for the unmanned systems industry.
NewsView recent news on the unmanned systems industry:
McAuliffe to use UAV flight to kick off $5M drone runway on Eastern Shore
Virginia Commercial Space Authority Opens Nation’s First Runway Dedicated to Unmanned Vehicles at Wallops
Community Idea Stations
Editorial: The race for drone research
The Roanoke Times
Virginia Tech and Industry Partners Complete BVLOS Drone Flights Along Power Lines
Inside Unmanned Systems
This state wants to usurp California as the capital of driverless cars
The Washington Post
Driverless car panel to Va. regulators: Don’t do a lot yet with autonomous vehicle laws
Virginia Beach-based HAZON Solutions helps clients get drones off the ground
Virginia Team Testing out BVLOS Drones for Power Line Inspections
Unmanned Aerial Online
Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance
Virginia Looks to Pull Ahead in Driverless Cars
ResourcesVisit some relevant, helpful resources:
Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission
Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson
Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems – Virginia Tech
Protocols for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by Law Enforcement Agencies
Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia, 2016
The Future of Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia, 2014
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)