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UASs extend human potential, allowing individuals to execute dangerous and often difficult tasks safely and efficiently.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) recently published a set of guidelines to provide members with recommendations for their safe and nonintrusive operation.

Central to the “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct” is the need for “safety, professionalism and respect” in all uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs). This code is meant to provide UAS 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,” says Michael Toscano, AUVSI 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 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 and the concerns of the public.

“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,” said Toscano.

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act, signed into law onFeb. 14, 2012, included a provision requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to safely integrate UASs into the national airspace. The law created several deadlines for the FAA to meet on its way to safely integrate UASs by September 2015.

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