UAV Code of Conduct Published

 - July 9, 2012, 2:59 PM

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) proclaims that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) represent quite possibly the most significant advancement in aviation in decades. The AUVSI says it also believes responsibility for safe operations is paramount. The association recently released its Code of Conduct, constructed around the themes of safety, professionalism and respect, to “Provide members and those who design, test and operate UAS for public and civil use a set of guidelines and recommendations for safe, non-intrusive operations.” The group believes acceptance and adherence to the code will contribute to safety while also accelerating public confidence in all unmanned vehicles. Under the banner of safety, the AUVSI says, “We will not operate UAS in a manner that presents undue risk to persons or property in the air and on the ground.” The group also expects pilots to be properly trained and that flights will be conducted only after a thorough risk assessment. Additionally, the code expects members to be responsible to the needs of the public in all operations. The AUVSI also wants its members to respect the rights of other airspace users, as well as the privacy of individuals.