With over 20,000 members, the Drone User Group Network (DUGN) is one of the world’s largest networks of civilian drone users. Founded in August 2012 by Timothy Reuter, and presided over by Steven Cohen, the network has spread through America, Australia, Africa and Europe.
DUGN seeks to foster interest in the use of civilian drone technology and demonstrate its positive potential for humanity. Our local groups host fly-ins and educational events, organize community service projects, and share their passion for this technology and its applications.
Drone User Groups have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, CBS, The Today Show, The New York Post and in other press.
We are always looking for new groups to join our network. If you are interested in starting a Drone User Group in your area, or affiliating your existing group with our network, please contact us.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
The Drone User Group Network is an association of community organizations that seek to promote the responsible use of flying robots for the benefit of humanity. We strive for a future in which robots empower individuals to make the world richer, safer, and full of possibility. We also believe that innovation and progress shouldn’t be the exclusive domain of governments and giant corporations, and we strive to make drone technology as widely accessible as possible. We welcome amateur and professional users alike. Most importantly, we think that flying robots are a lot of fun!
We seek to accomplish our mission through community service projects, educational events, build parties, art projects, fly-ins, and advocacy. During this period where it is illegal in many countries to sell drone services, we see a unique opportunity to give away our assistance to worthy causes and organizations in order to show the potential of this technology and to have a positive impact in the world.
As an organization we adhere to and encourage our members to respect the following guidelines:
- Safe and competent use of drones: Drones, like any tool such as a car or hammer, have some risks associated with their use. We seek to operate our equipment in a manner that does not threaten anyone’s safety, person, or privacy. Educating our membership about safe and respectful practices is a core part of our mission.
- Legal use of drones: Although we may not agree with many of the current regulations, we also believe in following the law of the land.
- Humane use of drones: We like our flying robots to help people, not hurt them, and we are always seeking new ways to use our drones that will have a positive impact in our society.