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Range Safety Guidelines for Small Unmanned Air Systems
This new RCC document provides a common set of guidance and processes for managing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) on the national ranges. The focus is on leveraging the benefits of sUASs without unduly burdening operations. Many current instructions, rules, and policies written for testing UAVs exceed the complexity, risk, and cost of sUASs. However, sUASs have a higher likelihood of operating in closer proximity to people, vehicles, roads, and buildings, which warrants focused guidance to address the hazards they present. This document establishes guidelines useful to range safety and range users with the intent to optimize sUAS safe operations, range containment, and cost effectiveness. This guidance document benefits all ranges and range users flying sUASs. It promotes consistent protection to the public, range personnel, and assets during the testing and operation of sUASs. The document incorporates standard approaches for assessing and managing safety risks from sUAS flights. This document outlines safe operating guidance for the operation and testing of sUASs on US federal ranges. Many current Air Force, Navy, and FAA instructions, rules, policies, and past experiences written for testing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) exceed the complexity, risk, and expense of sUASs. As such, when applied to sUAS assets these standards result in costs much greater than that of the UAV itself. There is a higher likelihood of operating sUASs in closer proximity to people, vehicles, roads, and buildings, and therefore focused sUAS guidance must be considered due to the specific hazards that UASs present. This document establishes guidelines useful to range safety officers with the intent to optimize sUAS safe operations, range containment, and cost effectiveness. This guidance also defines the basic parameters, overall strategy, and appropriate responsibilities of the personnel involved with the sUAS test or operation activities.
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