UAS Sightings on the Rise

By ALPA Staff

As the popularity of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) increases, so does the number of sightings of these devices in the national airspace system (NAS) by airline pilots. Recently, the FAA issued updated numbers of UAS sighting reports, and the initial findings indicate that more and more UAS are being operated well beyond the restrictions and safe guidelines established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

According to the FAA, between August 2015 and January 31, 2016, there were over 580 reported UAS sightings from pilots, air traffic controllers, and citizens throughout the United States. With more than 406,000 devices registered since December, it’s more important than ever that those operating UAS understand and follow the rules. 

Education is one important element in ALPA’s plan to safely integrate UAS into the NAS. ALPA strongly supports efforts to inform users of the risks associated with the irresponsible operation of a UAS. Whether through the “Know Before You Fly” campaign, a public initiative designed to inform those interested in flying an unmanned aircraft about the safe operation of UAS, or the B4UFLY smartphone app, ALPA will continue to work to ensure that our country can capitalize on the economic opportunities offered by these UAS, while maintaining the highest levels of safety for our members and the passengers and cargo they transport through the NAS. 
Categories: Safety