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has a long standing for bringing innovative solutions to forensic investigations, settlement solutions and aviation Safety, and we’re expanding that legacy as we pioneer the implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology in the FAA waiver application process and testing, property insurance, casualty investigation, Infrastructure inspections and agriculture industries along with providing bespoke training and safety training programs that meet the FAA, operators, and operator’s insurers requirements. We’re not simply adopting UAS – we see this emerging technology as a new market segment of aviation, rather than an entirely new industry. We have committed experts and dedicated resources to developing test protocols, ORA and CONOPS development, and are involved in joint SOP programs with private and government entities. 

We are the first test facility to provide data to the FAA for the Part 107 waiver process with a successful ruling for our clients.  we were also among the first to receive FAA authorization to fly our UASs and we want to be the first you turn to as you put this technology to work. With FAA approval to fly both fixed-wing and multi-rotor UASs and successful develop ORA and CONOPS reports,  RTI's experts can help you determine the best combination of hardware and sensor and imaging technology to gather and utilize data in ways never before possible.

We’re providing, even more, ways to transform collected data into concrete answers. Set your sights higher as RTI and UAS technology changes the way industries function. 


August 29, 2016, is a day in history to remember in the UAS Aviation sector, with the first accepted waiver by the FAA under Part 107! RTI is proud to have provided the engineering support that aided in preparing the waiver application.

Monday marked the day that Part 107 of the FAA’s Small UAS Rule went into effect. Part 107 provides broad allowances for the commercial use of UAS in the United States – the first time this has ever been allowed.  Under the rule, though, special permission in the form of a waiver must be granted by the FAA to a commercial entity in order to operate outside of Part 107 rules.

RTI’s efforts provided the information needed to show that safe operations posing minimal risk could be conducted. The RTI team consisted of Matthew Wagenhofer, Director of Engineering and Research, and Jeremy Reynolds, Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program.

The RTI group of companies is a well-established multidisciplinary technical services consultancy specializing in accident and failure investigation as well as safety-related applications and education. With origins dating back to 1975, RTI’s forensic engineering services span comprehensive high-risk industries and transportation operations disciplines, including aviation, marine, rail, utilities, nuclear, explosion, and construction. RTI conducts objective investigations and audits as an independent third party and provides both proactive and reactive practical solutions to private and public sector clients alike. RTI is also a leader in producing internationally accredited continuing education conferences for law and insurance professionals in the aviation and maritime industries.

The EXACT Program is a robust, standardized, international best practices certification program for commercial UAS service buyers and sellers based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Document 10019, “Manual on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems”. Its goal is to help UAS end users make informed decisions about the quality and safety commitment of UAS operators and to gauge operators’ commitment to mitigate risk in the performance of their service. Buyers are able to source Category 1 through 4 accredited UAS operators for their specific requirements and be assured their vendors meet comprehensive industry best practices with a focus on safety, quality, and risk management.

With its twenty-five years of experience in assessing risk in the commercial aviation sector, Wyvern has established itself as the industry leader in assessing commercial UAS operations and providing counsel and expertise for operators wishing to advance their capabilities.

RTI Legally Operates Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Fleet for Forensic Investigations STEVENSVILLE, MD, July 15, 2015 – Forensic Engineering Firm, RTI Group, LLC announces that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted RTI 333 Exemption, a privilege that has only been awarded to two other forensic engineering businesses in the United States.  This exemption allows RTI Group to legally operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for forensic investigation.  RTI Group will be adhering to strict regulations guide lined by the 333 Exemption.

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Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.

Who must register a UAS?

The owner must be:

  • 13 years of age or older. (If the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the small unmanned aircraft.)
  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.


Which unmanned aircraft do I have to register?

Owners must register their UAS online if it meets the following guidelines:

  • Weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 g) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg). Unmanned Aircraft weighing more than 55 lbs. cannot use this registration process and must register using the Aircraft Registry process.


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