UAS Code of Conduct and Safety Culture Pledge

All certified TOP Operators pledge to abide by the AUVSI UAS Code of Conduct and Safety Culture Pledge and commit to the following:

I pledge to...

  • Follow airmanship principles, contained in the TOP PCM.
  • Maintain the appropriate licensing, training, proficiency and competency on the UAS system being used.
  • Conduct UAS flights only after a thorough assessment of risks associated with the activity. Risk assessment elements are detailed in the TOP PCM, at a minimum, they will include:
    • Check that weather and wind conditions support safe operations relative to the performance capability of the system.
    • Know my system’s limitations and prepare for contingencies (lost link, power plant failures, loss of control, etc.). I will have an emergency plan ready.
    • Brief myself, my crew and spectators on the flight details and safety issues and protect my control area.
    • Confirm that my crew and I are fit for flight operations and free from the effects of drugs, alcohol, illness or fatigue.
    • Comply aviation regulations as appropriate to the operation and airspace. I will monitor the airspace during all flight operations for potential conflicts.
    • Establish a relationship and communicate with local law enforcement and public safety officials as appropriate. Know how to reach them in an emergency.
    • Confirm that I am familiar with equipment reliability, performance, and airworthiness standards, that all my paperwork is in order and at hand, including insurance and aircraft manuals.
    • Ensure all my equipment is working and compliant: Communication, command, control and payload frequency spectrum requirements. I will develop contingency plans.
    • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, covenants, and restrictions, including privacy, nuisance and trespassing.
    • Be respectful and responsive to the needs of the public and environment.
    • Cooperate fully with federal, state, and local authorities in response to emergency deployments and mishap investigations.
    • Promote integration into the national airspace by following regulations and utilizing LAANC and other approved tools.
  • Share my experience to improve safety performance for others in the industry.
  • Encourage other remote pilots to follow the AUVSI UAS Code of Conduct and Safety Culture Pledge.