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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Aims to Minimize the Risks of Drones

Fly-aways, injuries, and safety culture are top concerns

July 12, 2017

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), an industry-government partnership that focuses on safely integrating drones into national airspace, is working toward minimizing the risk of drones.

UAST announced yesterday that it has created three risk reduction groups: UAS Loss of Control (LOC), Injury Reduction, and Safety Culture. According to a press release, each group will develop safety enhancements based on data. The team is working on collecting data about hazardous situations from drone operators and flight data from industry members.

“In a very short time, the UAST has made great strides toward executing on its mission of developing industry-led safety enhancements,” said Ben Marcus, industry co-chair of the UAST and AirMap CEO, in a press release.  “The work we’re doing together with our partners at the FAA demonstrates the drone industry’s commitment.”

The UAST was formed last year by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and members include AirMap, the Commercial Drone Alliance, CNN, DJI, Flirtey, Yuneec, the FAA, and the Air Traffic Control Association.

When it comes to drones, safety is a major concern for both government officials and the public alike. Recently, the FAA created a drone identification rulemaking committee that would create standards for remotely identifying and tracking drones.  In May, the Trump administration drafted a bill that would allow for the monitoring, tracking, seizing, and destruction of drones.
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