FAA Recommends Use of Reflective Vest

On November 27, 2017, the FAA issued InFO 17018 recommending the “Use of Reflective Vests by Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilots”. Although it was retracted the following week (likely due to negative feedback from the public), the information contained in InFO 17018 continues to be good advice.

InFO 17018 Pickled:

What:

In order to help bolster public awareness of sUAS operations and reduce the number of calls and distractions, the FAA recommends that remote pilots and other sUAS flight crew members wear brightly colored and reflective vests during flight operations.

Why:

To demonstrate [to the public & law enforcement] that [UAS Pilots] are accepting responsibility for the activity and that they are intending to operate in a safe and compliant manner.

How:

Vest should include verbiage to:

  • Identify individual as remote pilot, visual observer or crew
  • Warning against distracting the person wearing it
    • “Drone Pilot Please Do Not Disturb”
    • “Drone Pilot Stand Clear”

Contact:

Questions or comments regarding this InFO should be directed to the General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS-800) at 202-267-1100

Drone Pickle also recommends using orange cones during commercial sUAS operations to mark the area around flight crew and takeoff/landing zone.

 

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