Scion Research Obtains Part 102 Certification

11 April 2017

Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd (ASMS) congratulates Scion on the award of Part 102 certification for their UAV operations. Scion is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute (CRI) that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors.

Scion utilises its UAVs to capture LiDAR and multi-spectral imagery for a variety of tasks. The technologies can greatly increase forest management efficiencies by allowing companies to track and guide workers on regular forestry maintenance and remediation, and issues such as fire prevention and control.

ASMS is pleased to have prepared Scion's exposition and application for certification. We integrated Scion’s existing health and safety procedures with procedures that we developed to provide a complete exposition. Attaining Part 102 certification is symbolic of Scion’s intent to complement their scientific expertise with best practice in their UAV operations.

About Scion
Scion’s purpose is to drive innovation and growth from the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors sector to build economic value and contribute to beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. Formerly the NZ Forest Research Institute, Scion employs approximately 340 people and has its head office in Rotorua. For more information, please visit

Further Information
For further information on Scion’s UAV operations see: