Argus International has completed the acquisition of the Orlando, Florida-based Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a privately-held unmanned aircraft system (UAS) safety training, certification and management business.

Argus CEO and President, Joe Moeggenberg stated, “It has been our objective to actively participate in the UAS sector as we have already seen the overlap between UAS and our existing clients in the airline, business aviation, and rotary wing businesses.”

USI founder and CEO Aaron Greenwald noted that  “USI recognized early on that a strong safety foundation to any aviation application is critical to the success of the entire marketplace. Keeping this in mind, USI built its position based on adoption and modification of time-tested aviation safety practices proven for over a century in commercial aviation.”

Moeggenberg added that “USI’s industry-leading training and widely recognized certification programs will greatly assist all operators and organizations integrate UAS into their operations safely and responsibly. Being part of the Argus family will accelerate the development of needed safety products/services.”

Seems like a nice win for Aaron Greenwald. It is interesting to see another aviation safety player entering the UAV market. As Joe Moeggenberg suggests, I think that this is fueled by the demand from larger companies who want to ensure that to the greatest possible extent, their policies and procedures are consistent across their entire fleet.