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Significance and Use
Safe operation of the unmanned aircraft is of the primary importance to the unmanned aircraft industry and for successful integration of unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft in civil airspace. Operators and pilots-in-command of unmanned aircraft systems shall comply with applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 43, 14 CFR Part 71, 14 CFR Part 73, 14 CFR Part 91, 14 CFR Part 93, and 14 CFR Part 99). This standard includes the minimum additional methods that should be followed by unmanned aircraft system operators, including pilots-in-command, on every visual range flight to ensure the safe operation of the aircraft and safety of people and property in the air and on the ground. This visual range flight operation standard shall be used in conjunction with appropriate unmanned aircraft system airworthiness and pilot qualification standards.
1.1 This practice prescribes guidelines that govern the visual flight operation of unmanned aircraft systems in civil airspace in order to provide for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft flight operations with manned aircraft flight operations.
1.2 This practice applies to those operations conducted for civil purposes other than sport or recreation that remain within the visual range of the pilot in command (see Terminology F 2395 for a definition of "visual range").
1.3 This practice complies with the known rules, regulations, and public law available at the time of its publication. Should any conflict with a rule, regulation, or public law arise, the user must comply with rule and should notify ASTM of the conflict.
This practice only prescribes accepted methods for visual range flight operation of unmanned aircraft systems.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F2395 Terminology for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)
UNSPSC Code 25130000(Aircraft)
ASTM F2500-07, Standard Practice for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Visual Range Flight Operations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007, www.astm.orgBack to Top