Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team ByLaws
Commercial Drone Alliance
Flight Safety Foundation
News Media Coalition
Small UAV Coalition
Technology Exploration Group
1.1. Membership Criteria – UAST members are expected to be active participants at both UAST meetings and within working groups to maintain status as a member and retain voting rights. Each organization will designate a primary and alternate individual to represent them at UAST.
1.2. Membership – The UAST membership should maintain a balance that represents the different sectors within the UAS industry, as well as manned aviation and other safety organizations who are impacted by UAS operations. While a numerical limit will not be set for membership totals, the number should be kept as low as possible while still providing a balanced and open environment. UAST Co-Chairs reserve the right to temporarily suspend consideration of additional membership requests if they feel the UAST has grown so large it has become inefficient.
1.3. New Member Approval – Organizations that would like to join the UAST must contact the Executive Secretariat with a written request detailing why they feel they should be a member and what benefits they would bring to the UAST. New members must be in a position to contribute something substantial to the process (i.e. safety data or unique resource expertise). If approved by 2/3 of the Steering Committee (SC), new members will attend one meeting as a guest to evaluate if they still desire to pursue a membership. If so, the SC will give one final 2/3 approval. Final membership approval will be evaluated by the following criteria:
(a) Effect it has on the balance of the UAST membership.
(b) How much the organization is willing and able to participate.
(c) Experience with safety programs and/or safety data.
(d) Confidentiality, as members must keep certain UAST matters confidential.
1.4. Membership Resignation – Any request to withdraw membership from the UAST must be sent to the Executive Secretariat.
1.5. Membership Termination – Failure of an organization to appear in two consecutive UAST meetings in person or online will result in a notification that failure to appear at the next meeting will result in termination from the UAST. An organization’s lack of participation and contributions to a working group will also lead to revocation of their membership status at the discretion of the Steering Committee.
1.6. Observers – Observers have no voting rights, but are allowed to actively participate in UAST meetings and working groups. Observer organizations need to present a unique resource not provided by current members, and must also participate when attending UAST meetings. An organization requesting to be an Observer must write the Executive Secretariat detailing what aspect of UAS and/or aviation they represent, and approval will require a 2/3 approval of the Steering Committee. There is no attendance requirement for Observers.
1.7. Subject Matter Experts (SME) – SMEs can be invited to participate in meetings and working groups when expertise on a particular subject is not represented by the a current UAST member or observer. SME input is limited to the subject they were brought in on to provide expertise.
1.8. Guests – Organizations interested in attending a UAST meeting must submit in writing the purpose of the visit to the executive secretariat. The request will be reviewed by the Steering Committee based on the organization’s written agreement to keep all information confidential and any safety benefit that will be derived from them attending (i.e. will they learn something that will benefit UAS safety). Approved Guests will be offered attendance on a meeting-by-meeting basis with approval of 2/3 of the Steering Committee.
2.1. Co – Chairs
2.1.1. The two Co-Chair positions will be comprised of one individual from Industry and one from the FAA.
2.1.2. Industry Co-Chair will be chosen by UAST members with a 2/3 concurrence for a one-year term. Industry Co-Chair may exercise the option for a second term if the UAST gives 2/3 concurrence.
2.1.3. FAA Co-Chair will be the Director of the UAS Integration Office (AUS).
2.1.4. Industry Co-Chair must have aviation safety experience, be a representative of the unmanned industry, have UAS operational experience, provide thought leadership and be available for discussion with UAST members. The Industry Co-Chair must also be the designated representative of a current UAST member organization.
2.1.5. The responsibilities of the Co-Chairs shall include:
(a) Presiding at all UAST Steering Committee and UAST meetings while providing leadership and overall guidance and direction.
(b) Representing UAST to significant external bodies.
(c) Promoting consensus among the UAST members.
2.2. Steering Committee
2.2.1. The Steering Committee will consist of 10 positions, to include Co-Chairs, that will best represent the different UAS, aviation, and safety sectors that comprise the UAST. Members will be selected by Co-Chairs for a one-year term and may serve an optional second year if approved by Co-Chairs.
2.2.2. The responsibilities of the Steering Committee shall include:
(a) Focusing the UAST on identifying high priority safety and risk reduction issues and solutions.
(b) Determining membership for UAST.
(c) Developing the agenda and logistics for UAST meetings.
(d) Serving as leads for working groups.
(e)(d) Vetting resource requirements for priority projects.
2.3. Executive Secretariat
2.3.1. The Executive Secretariat shall be a member of the FAA UAS Integration Office.
2.3.2. The responsibilities of the Executive Secretariat shall include:
(a) Coordinating UAST meeting logistics.
(b) Acting as facilitator at UAST meetings.
(c) Ensuring the recordation and distribution of meeting minutes and materials.
(d) Tracking and reporting status of UAST action items.
2.4. Working Group Leads
2.4.1. UAST members can volunteer to be working group leads, then will be approved by a consensus by the Steering Committee.
2.4.2. The responsibilities of a working group lead shall include:
(a) Providing guidance and direction to advance the group’s goals.
(b) Briefing the UAST on the working group’s progress and achievements.
3.1. UAST members will be encouraged to freely speak and share ideas or opinions, including any dissenting opinions. The UAST will strive to achieve unanimous decisions. However, at a minimum, all decisions of the UAST will be consensus based.
3.2. Sixty percent (60%) of UAST members are required for a quorum.
3.3. UAST members will not be required to implement UAST safety enhancements or any other UAST work product.