12:00 AM, July 3, 2012
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today published a set of set of guidelines called the “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct”. It has been compiled for those who design, test and operate UAS for public and civil use – with recommendations for their safe, non-intrusive operation. The “Code of Conduct” is meant to ensure the need for “safety, professionalism and respect” among UAS industry manufacturers and users giving them a 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,” said Michael Toscano, AUVSI president & CEO. “With a commitment to safety, professionalism and respect, we can ensure unmanned aircraft are integrated responsibly into civil airspace”. The guidelines comply with all federal, state and local laws and cooperating with authorities at all levels and recommend when and by whom UAS should be flown, to minimize risk. They also state that they are strongly committed to respecting other users of the airspace, the privacy of individuals, the concerns of the public and improving public awareness of UAS. “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,” Toscano said.
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