The Motto All UAS Firms Need To Adopt Immediately

By Luke Geiver | October 02, 2014

The motto, safety first, should be engrained into any entity affiliated with the commercial advancement of the unmanned aerial systems industry. It is no secret that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration values the role of safety in its UAS decision making process. When the FAA made its major announcement last week granting exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the FAA pointed out that part of the reasoning for the decision was the priority level that each of the six now-exempted UAS imagery firms alluded to in the application process.

“The applicants submitted UAS flight manuals with detailed safety procedures that were a key factor in our approval of their requests,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We are thoroughly satisfied these operations will not pose a hazard to other aircraft or to people and property on the ground,” he added.

The clear takeaway from Huerta’s comments is that UAV designers and operators need to validate the ways in which others can verify the safety of a UAV. For now, forget the clever slogans or marketing campaigns used to market your UAS services. Hold off on the creative business modeling that can give greater access to any entities that might be interested in implementing a UAV into day-to-day operations. Safety, as the motto implies, needs to come first. Because the FAA’s recent exemptions so clearly show that UAV operators need to have verifiable safety procedures in place, we will be covering this topic in future issues. If you have safety-related procedures or standards in place, please call, email or tweet to us and let us know. We’d love to write about it.

As the FAA said, the six exempt UAV firms are trailblazers. Any UAV firm with safety plans already completed is quite possibly then, a trailblazer. And, trailblazing companies always make for a great story and an incredibly valuable example for the associated industry.