• Make safety a top priority
  • Seek excellence in airmanship (knowledge, skill, ability, and attitude that promote safe and efficient operations)
  • Adopt sound principles of aeronautical decision-making (ADM) (the process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to the circumstances), and develop and exercise good judgment
  • Use sound principles of risk management
  • Maintain situational awareness (the accurate perception and understanding of your operation and environment), and adhere to prudent operating practices
  • Aspire to professionalism
  • Act with responsibility, integrity, and courtesy
  • Adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and industry guidance
  • Recognize, plan for, and accept the costs of implementing effective safety practices. 
  • Organizations of any size and scope should apply the principles of a safety management system (SMS): Understand the risks in your operations, take steps to control them, and monitor operations to assure that these controls are working.32
  • Improve safety margins and reduce unnecessary risk by planning and flying conservatively.
  • Recognize that use of a visual observer enhances safety, even when not required.33
  • Do not carry hazardous payloads unless authorized.34
  • Do not assume that the altitudes prescribed in UAS Facility Maps are necessarily accurate or appropriate for flight.35
  • Create an emergency response plan, and implement it in the event of an incident or accident.36

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