For pilots and trained observers, we recommend using the NASA ASRS system to securely send safety reports.
The ASRS is an important facet of the continuing effort by government, industry, and individuals to maintain and improve aviation safety. The ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident/situation reports from pilots, controllers, and others.
Contribute to the manned and unmanned aviation safety culture.
The FAA has extended the Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP) to UAS operators, including the protections offered through National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). NASA’s ASRS UAS reporting form allows lessons to be shared with other UAS operators to prevent accidents and help make unmanned operations safer. The FAA offers protection against civil penalty and certificate suspension in exchange for valuable safety information. Now let’s take a closer look at how the ASRS program works. The ASRS strengthens the foundation of aviation human factors safety research. This is particularly important since it is generally conceded that over two-thirds of all aviation accidents and incidents have their roots in human performance errors. As UAS operators, it is our responsibility to be an active participant in keeping the NAS safe for all aircraft, manned and unmanned. Participating in ASRS as a UAS operator is a great way to do this. Education is key so if you observe a drone operation that may have been unsafe, reporting it through ASRS is a nonpunitive way to educate those involved for future, safer UAS operations.