An advocacy group for unmanned vehicle systems has released a “code of conduct” for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles that urges the “safe, non-intrusive operation” of UAVs.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has made available the “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct” to AUVSI members, and those who design, test and operate UAVs for public and civil use.
Central to the code of conduct is the need for “safety, professionalism and respect” in all uses of UAVs, the organization says. The code is meant to provide UAV industry manufacturers and users a convenient checklist for operations, and a means to demonstrate their obligation to supporting the growth of the industry in a safe and responsible manner.
“The emergence of unmanned aircraft systems represents one of the most significant advancements to aviation, the scientific community, and public service since the beginning of flight,” said Michael Toscano, AUVSI’s president and CEO. “With a commitment to safety, professionalism and respect, we can ensure unmanned aircraft are integrated responsibly into civil airspace.”
The guidelines recommend when, and by whom, a UAV should be flown, to minimize risk. Operators should also commit to complying with all federal, state and local laws and cooperating with authorities at all levels, and the guidelines urge user to respect other users of the airspace, the privacy of individuals and the concerns of the public as well as improving public awareness of UAVs.
“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,” Toscano said.
The largest users of UAVs within the United States is law enforcement agencies, which currently number about 300, but is expected to greatly increase because of changes in regulations that make it easier for police departments, and others, to fly UAVs.
Click here to view the Code of Conduct.