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Professionalism in Public Safety UAS Drone Flying

Professionalism in Public Safety UAS Drone Flying

I received a communication from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to all members that brings up some points which are perfect for the wave of public safety UAS pilots.

You see it is all about being professional pilots and professionalism in flying.

I think the points it raises are excellent for new public safety drone pilots. This is what the CAP expects out its all-volunteer public safety aircrews and all departments should expect nothing less from all paid and volunteer drone pilots.

SUBJECT: Aircrew Professionalism

“The dynamics of these changes, the cost associated with aircraft mishaps, and the litigious nature of today’s society have raised customer expectations regarding the performance of our aircrew members. In order to secure the future of CAP, we must dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of professionalism in aviation. Professionalism, to include aircrew professionalism, is a journey, not a destination. Continual improvement of our organization, our teams, and ourselves is required. Professionalism begins with a personal commitment to the concept of professionalism based on acceptance of the realities previously described. Professionalism also requires discipline – the self-regulation needed to achieve continual compliance. Finally, professionalism requires competence in the form of specialized knowledge of the environment, risk, aircraft, team, and self, as well as sound aeronautical skills and key abilities such as judgment and situational awareness.

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know below.

About Steve Rhode

Steve is an experienced and certificated UAS pilot and aircraft instrument rated pilot. He is also the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy.
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