ASTM WK62741

    New Guide for Training and Equipping Visual Observers of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (VO Endorsement)

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F38.03 | Committee F38 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training and equipment requirements, including general and field knowledge, skills, and abilities, for personnel who visually observe unmanned aircraft systems in flight. 1.2 Visual observer endorsed individuals may, under qualified supervision, perform their normal duties safely and effectively on foot or in a vehicle. 1.3 A Visual observer endorsement alone is not sufficient to indicate that an individual has the knowledge, skills, or abilities to perform any specific duties, including unmanned aircraft system (UAS) crew member duties, other than those defined within this guide. 1.4 Visual observer endorsed individuals operate on the surface of the land only, including urban or disaster areas that may be isolated or have lost supporting infrastructure. 1.5 Organizations that may use personnel trained to this guide should develop programs as defined by Specification F3330. 1.5.1Further training may be required before visual observer endorsed personnel may participate on a particular UAS resource, depending on local needs, regulations, or policies of the authority having jurisdiction. 1.6 This guide alone does not provide the minimum training requirements for UAS personnel performing operations in partially or fully collapsed structures, in- or on-water, in confined spaces, underground (such as in caves, mines, and tunnels), or in mountain or alpine environments. 1.7 Visual observer endorsed personnel shall work under qualified supervision, as deemed appropriate by the National Aviation Academy (NAA). 1.8 This guide is created without regard to the type of unmanned aircraft system, gear, first aid supplies, or personal protective equipment that is used by a Visual Observer Endorsed individual. 1.9 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.


    sUAS; visual observer; VO


    This proposed guide is intended to compliment and build upon the standards established by Committee F38, specifically F3266.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Jonathan Daniels


    F38 (20-04)

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