As you make plans to earn your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, there is key element in your professional portfolio that you need to include. It's a commitment to a UAS-centered Code of Conduct.
When you apply for your pilot certificate, you agree to obey the rules and regulations governing your UAS flight privileges. But you should enhance that commitment by pledging publicly that you are committed to safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft.
To make that commitment, we recommend to our Aeon Academy students that they adopt the UAS Pilots Code. The Code was published this year by the Aviators Code Initiative and the University Aviation Association. It's designed to advance safety, airmanship, and professionalism among UAS pilots and crews.
The key theme of the UAS pilots code is that, as members of the professional aviation community, remote pilots should maintain the same obligations toward safe operations as manned pilots, who have a highly developed set of training and safety programs.
The UAS Pilots Code lists a set of recommended practices to confront real world operations. It's designed to help UAS pilots embrace standard operating procedures and incorporate risk and safety management in all operations. There are seven sections of guidance in the Code:
1. General Responsibilities of UAS Pilots
2. Manned Aircraft and People on the Surface
3. Training and Proficiency
4. Security and Privacy
5. Environmental Issues
6. Use of Technology
7. Advancement of UAS Aviation
As an example, here's an abbreviated version of Section 1, General Responsibilities of UAS Pilots:
UAS pilots should:
a. make safety a top priority,
b. seek excellence in airmanship (knowledge, skill, ability, and attitude that promote safe and efficient operations),
c. adopt sound principles of aeronautical decision-making (ADM) (the process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to the circumstances), and develop and exercise good judgment,
d. use sound principles of risk management,
e. maintain situational awareness (the accurate perception and understanding of your operation and environment), and adhere to prudent operating practices,
f. aspire to professionalism,
g. act with responsibility, integrity, and courtesy, and
h. adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and industry guidance.
In our Academy classes we review the key statements and encourage our students to incorporate the UAS Pilots Code into their operations. And we point out that they should promote their embrace of the Code to demonstrate their commitment to professional and safe UAS operation.
Remote Pilots: are you committed? You can find the full details of the UAS Pilots Code at this link: http://www.secureav.com/UAS-Listings-Page.html