Airwards Launch Global Accreditation Scheme For Outstanding Drone Work

Today is the official launch of Airwards: a unifying global accreditation scheme recognising best practice drone work. This digital awards scheme will champion a wide range of UAV work which is positively advancing human capabilities. Launching in association with ARPAS-UK, and covering more than 20 different disciplines, Airwards will recognise the very best UAV projects, companies and individuals leading the way in innovation, responsibility, and real-world solutions.

Airwards, established by digital entrepreneur Richard Nichols, brings together the drone community and raise awareness of positive drone uses with the wider general public. The awards platform will champion drone projects that are pushing boundaries, creating innovative solutions and transforming industries. Winners will be selected by a panel of expert judges who will be announced in the coming weeks.

Airwards founder, Richard Nichols, comments:

“The drone industry is doing incredible work but much of it flies under the radar and deserves recognition. Having been involved with UAV companies for a number of years, I felt it was time to do something that brought the drone industry together and recognised the positive ways this technology is improving the world we live in. The Airwards vision is to have drones recognised for leading the way in every industry”.

ARPAS-UK CEO, Graham Brown, comments:

“Airwards is a great initiative to promote the positive impact of drones. Drones help multiple industries and provide many solutions to businesses that are safer, faster, cheaper, and greener than current methods or alternatives. We are delighted to support an awards system that recognises the work of the drone industry and the talented people who work in it. With the launch of Airwards, we hope to see examples of safe, professional operation of drones, innovative uses and projects which continue to break new ground and deliver significant benefits to the industry and the wider public.”

How Does Airwards Work?

Airwards is open to a range of companies, including UAV specialists disrupting an industry, start-ups using drone technology for creative solutions, and large corporations driving innovation. There are more than 20 awards in total, spanning a wide variety of uses and sectors including technology, operations, supporting services, industry-specific and giving back.

Entrants will be able to submit their work from 1st December 2020 until 12th February 2021. Award submission costs vary and winners will be announced by late May 2021.

Entrants must successfully meet the Airwards criteria to be shortlisted. The three main criteria are:

  1. Innovative – Promoting pioneering ideas that are successfully challenging the perception of what a drone is and can be.
  2. Responsible – Recognising the key aspect of safety in every drone flight to advocate legitimate behaviour as a standard best practice.
  3. Real-world – Asking the question: ‘how are drones making a difference?’ by demonstrating quantifiable outcomes and tangible solutions.

For full details on how to enter and more information visit Airwards’ website.

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