Aviation Safety Reporting System Offers Errant Drone Pilots A Way To Make Amends

How To ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ From The FAA Using ASRS


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” Did you know that there’s a “get out of jail free” card from the FAA? Commercial drone pilots can access a little-known FAA program called ASRS (Aviation Safety Reporting System) that can be used to help get out of trouble when operating your drone commercially.

  A new podcast, CommercialDrones.FM discusses everything you need to know about the program in a recent episode. The podcast is hosted by Ian Smith, has been working in the commercial drone industry since 2013 and currently works for cloud-based drone data and mapping software company DroneDeploy. He is an FAA-certified commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor, and he uses his personal experience to explain just how a drone operator could benefit from ASRS.

(You can direct questions about the program to him here).

  Also known as a NASA report, ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident/situation reports from pilots, controllers, and hypothetically drone pilots too. ASRS collects, analyzes, and responds to those reports in order to lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents.

  To encourage that reporting,  ASRS offers pilots limited immunity from penalties and certificate suspensions.”



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