Welcome to the RCAPA
Remote Control Aerial Photography Association
We are a professional association of dedicated remote control aerial photographers. RCAPA® provides operational safety guidelines, best business practices, networking and new technology information.
RCAPA was founded in 2004with a vision and a purpose. The technology of unmanned aircraft has reached a nexus and is becoming recognized by entrepreneurs, the general public, andthe national media.
The Remote Control Aerial Photography Association was ahead of its time when it was founded ten years ago. With a membership of over 2000, RCAPA became a unified voice of small business aerial operators. That strength secured a position on the first Advisory and Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to recommend best practices for small unmanned aircraft. RCAPA legacy members producedsome of the best standard operating procedures and the safe field use of small UAS. This standard has been used both in the U.S. and in Europe as a guideline to safe UA operations. The most important hurdle of obtaining insurance was brokered by RCAPA and is still available to the aerial photography professional.
The RCAPA has achieved many firsts:
• AP-G and AP-P Testing program
• Commercial Liability Insurance Program (Hill & Usher)
• Proposed Operational Guidelines
• Community based grassroots activism
• Participation on the FAA small UAS ARC (order 1110.150)
• Proposed Operational Exemption
• Participation on the following standards groups:
• Eurocae WG-73
• ASTM F-38
• RTCA sc-203
• International Coordination Council (ICC)
• International symposiums and meetings with Global CAA representatives
Now is the time for RCAPA to again call to the new professional and to its’ legacy members to be heard once more. There is no other organization that is the small business advocate in the aerial photography industry that has the tenure, experience, or credentials of the RCAPA executive staff and board of directors. While the AMA caters to the hobbyist and AUVSI is protecting the interests of the large defense contractors, there is a growing void in the emerging commercial UAS industry, which is poised for astonishing growth. With growing membership we can again use our numbers to restrict the onerous overregulation of our industry which is threatened to be monopolized by a very few large operators looking to commercialize aircraft they have developed for military operations.
It is time for RCAPA professionals,legacy members,and new members to ensure thatthe concerns of small UAS business ownersand end-user community are heard and that we have a seat at the negotiating table as new regulations are drafted for the commercial integration of small UAS in the National Airspace System. RCAPA believes in this industry, and the members who have worked hard to create a business with this technology. RCAPA can provide support for the issues which are most important to the small business operating unmanned aircraft such as insurance, legal, or regulatory. A survey of questions has been prepared which will help RCAPA lead the way forward for the industry.Please take a few moments and go to our SURVEY PAGE and answer a few short questions. This is YOUR voice, and you CAN be heard.
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