Safety Management System

SMS Operational Model


SE-1 Airspace Awareness and Geofencing

To reduce the risk of collision with other aircraft or structures, the industry should improve airspace awareness and geofencing capabilities. Two areas should be addressed: a) Education, outreach (and possibly credentialing) centered around airspace authorization and b) Enabling technology safety features to help prevent flight into unauthorized airspace.

SE-2 Flight Control / Return to Launch Point

Return to Launch point (RTL) mode is a common safety feature on many consumer Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). However, this feature is often poorly understood and misused by pilots, thus potentially increasing the risk of collision with objects in the air and on the ground.
To reduce the risk of collision when an RTL mode is or is about to be engaged, this Safety Enhancement proposes that the UAS industry follow specified design objectives when incorporating RTL capability into UASs. This Safety Enhancement also proposes education and outreach to help ensure pilots understand the correct setup of RTL mode during mission planning/pre-flight.

SE-3 UAS Sightings Reduction

To reduce and clarify the risk associated with UAS sightings reports from manned aircraft, both the manned and unmanned industry should develop reporting requirements and educational material to better assess these sightings.