Drone Industry Releases Conduct Code for Unmanned Aircraft
St. Louis, MO (KPLR) An industry first for drone aircraft manufactures, the trade group has issued a set of guidelines to help promote safety. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is recommending what they are calling, “safe, non-intrusive operation”, meant to be a guide for operators. It is also to help ease the fears of the public, worried of the possibility of spy drones flying undetected over their homes. The group warns this “code of conduct” is meant to provide members in the field with a checklist for operations and means to show support for safety in a growing industry. President and CEO of AUSVI says, ““By proactively adhering to these guidelines, we want to demonstrate how the rights of individuals and the safety of all users of civil airspace are our top priority, as we work to unlock the incredible potential this technology holds.” The guidelines recommend when and by whom UAS should be flown, to minimize risk. They commit to complying with all federal, state and local laws and cooperating with authorities at all levels. The guidelines also commit to respecting other users of the airspace, the privacy of individuals, the concerns of the public and improving public awareness of UAS. While drones have been used to spy on and hunt down terrorists, the group stresses their importance for extending human potential by allowing individuals to execute dangerous missions in a safe manner. Some of those operations include aiding in search and rescues, navigating through airspace or furthering scientific research. To view the Code of Conduct, visit www.auvsi.org/conduct.