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.
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.
You are protected if:
- Violation was inadvertent and not intentional
- Violation did not involve a criminal offense or accident
- You have not been found responsible for a previous violation within the past 5 years
- You can prove a NASA report was filed within 10 days of the incident
Of course, please fly your drones safely. But this could come in handy one day.