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.
The UAST supports the safe integration of UAS with data-driven safety enhancements and collaboration amongst members of the UAS industry. The Communications committee works to disseminate the work of the UAST through broadcast, print, digital and social media. Our UAST Communications committee Members’ goal is to distribute the facts about safe operations of remotely piloted aircraft to related Industry associations, Regulators and the Media, as well as to acquaint all interested parties with “best practices” when it comes to safety enhancements.
UAST is working towards creating a safer UAS industry, using data-driven methods to identify real-world risks involved with UAS integration. In a broad sense, this requires understanding both the kinds of incidents and accidents occurring and the actual number of flights taking place. The Survey Group is aiding in collecting this data in a number of ways.
1) The FAA is creating an annual survey aimed at understanding the population of UAS registered and flown in the USA. This is similar to the surveys already being done with the GA population. UAST is helping the FAA understand the UAS industry in order to develop the survey.
2) We are creating short “quick” anonymous surveys, just a few questions at a time, that are aimed at helping with the initial “triage” of the problem space. We want to get real-world data from UAS pilots and others about what problems they are really seeing in the real world.
3) Longer term, we are planning on developing an incident reporting system that is similar to the NASA ASRS system. This would allow for safety-related data to be reported in a non-punitive way. This is an important part of the UAST plan of developing safety enhancements based on real-world safety data.