By Paul Keller
In case you missed this when it was distributed earlier this year, you should know that the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) has released its “NWCG Standards for Fire UAS Operations” publication (https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/515).
This 21-page document provides standardized processes and procedures for the interagency use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (drones) in support of fire management goals and objectives within the aviation community to ensure that the utilization of UAS occurs in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
As stated in the document’s introduction, “These standards further serve as a risk assessment for fire UAS operations and meet federal requirements for aviation safety and operational planning pertaining to recurring aviation missions. Agency level policy and guidance is provided through established federal or state plans and processes.”
Span of Information
This publication’s chapters include information on: “UAS Policy and Program Administration,” “UAS Typing and Call Signs,” “Operational Requirements,” “Mission Planning and Mobilization,” “Airspace Coordination,” “Mission Flight Procedures,” “Safety,” “Job Aids,” and “UAS Incursion Protocol.”
“Appendix B – Website References” contains informative website links for “UAS Terms and Abbreviations,” “UAS Policy,” “Flight Planning” and more.