The interest in UAS by public safety has dramatically escalated since the rule changes by the FAA which made it easier to train and certify Remote Pilots. However, even with flight training, there is little experience or guidance with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Additionally, the UAS technology and payloads are evolving so quickly that public safety is challenged to keep up. While there are pockets of work in the area of UAS by public safety, they remain in silos and unknown to others. FAA Rule-Making is another area where public safety has not had significant influence as there has been no collective public safety voice regarding UAS issues.
The National Council on Public Safety UAS was organized to advance public safety use of UAS through awareness, education, training, collaboration, best practices, FAA Rule-making, defining public safety requirements and general engagement. Separately, and equally as important, is to stay abreast of threats from nefarious uses of UAS and help facilitate the information and implementation of effective counter measures.
The following links are a collection of Public Safety UAS resources for news and information.
Questions or comments regarding the NCPSU can be directed to:
Charles Werner, firstname.lastname@example.org