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.        [read more]

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.

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NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS)

The NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive, safety reporting system that receives safety reports from pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, cabin crew, maintenance technicians, and now UAS operators. Anyone involved in UAS operations can file a NASA ASRS report to describe close calls, hazards, violations, and safety related incidents.