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.
The Data Committee examines all sources of available UAS data to be used for safety analysis. The Data Committee will consider which data might be important, how to normalize the data, and how to begin making it available for analysis. Focusing on establishing a relationship with UAS manufactures to develop a secure viable method for them to share data with the UAST as to fill the data void within the UAS industry is the primary initiative for the UAST’s Data Committee.