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APSA sUAS Standards Draft for Review





August 1, 2017

The Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) today released for public comment the first draft of standards for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) by public safety agencies. As the integration of sUAS technology into public safety operations continuous to increase, PSAAC and the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) collaborated on a project to develop standards that address the safe, efficient and ethical use of small unmanned aircraft for all public safety missions.

The new sUAS standards contain five sections; Administration, Flight Operations, Safety, Training and Maintenance and also provide guidance on the tactical, legal and ethical use of sUAS.   The standards provide a set of best practices for agencies already using, or considering the use of small unmanned aircraft. Adherence to these standards will provide assurance to the civilian community that its public safety agency is operating in accordance with well-established, safe, efficient and ethical practices.

We invite APSA members to review the draft of sUAS Standards and submit your comments, recommendations or concerns on-line via the portal made available on the APSA website for this purpose. Your comments may be made anonymously, however, we encourage identifying yourself so that we may contact you directly in response to your comments. The comment period is from August 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017.

The Standards with comments will be reviewed by both Boards whereupon they will consider adopting the Standards with the input from APSA members as submitted. Once adopted, the final version of the Standards will be published and become the industry best practice standards and guidelines for small UAS public safety units in the US and Canada.

The Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization founded to promote and advance safe, effective, and efficient aviation operations in public safety through voluntary compliance with best practice standards.

For more information, contact PSAAC Executive Director/CEO Jim Di Giovanna at