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1 Emergency COA Process Presented to: UAS All Users TELCON
By: John Page, Air Traffic Control Specialist Date: June 25, 2009

2 Emergency Situation An emergency UAS COA may be considered when all of the following conditions apply: A situation exists that is defined as a condition of distress or urgency where there is, or has the extreme possibility of loss of life; Manned flight is not possible due to a hazard, or, the operation cannot be conducted safely with manned flight, and; The proposed UAS is operating under a current approved COA. Requests for UAS COAs that fall outside of these perimeters shall be processed thru the normal COA Online application process. While unmanned aircraft have been around for years, many of us know them by a variety of terms and as you can see come in a variety of shapes and sizes; from the Global Hawk with wing span of a B737 to ones that can fit in your hand. We are treating all of these as aircraft consistent with the CFR’s which define aircraft as “a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air” The term UAS, which has also been adopted by the DOD, reflects the multiple components involved with unmanned aircraft that for manned aircraft would be self contained. As with a manned aircraft there is an airframe, a pilot position or workstation and the control cables or links between them. With UAS’s the pilot is a remote location, never the less they are the same basic functions as manned aircraft. Another reason for calling them UAS is that the CFR’s already have substantial language about requirements pertaining to aircraft operations, it also the reason we refer to the flyer as a pilot. Operators are terms we use in the regulations American Airlines and similar entities 1

3 Emergency Situation - Continued
Emergency UAS COAs shall not be considered for: Demonstration flights Flights to test capabilities Training Flights in Class B Airspace Flights over populated areas 2

4 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Date:_________ Time:_________ UTC/Local Caller: Name:__________________________________ Government Agency:______________________ Phone Number:__________________________ _________________________________ FAX:___________________________________ Incident Commander /Requesting Official: Phone Number: __________________________ Mission Point of Contact: Name:_________________________________ Phone Number:________________________ Pilot in Command Communication Direct non radio communication number* :___________ *(commercial preferred, not everyone has DSN) 3

5 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Nature of Emergency: Missing Person Fire National Disaster Local Disaster Other:__________________________________ Reason for Request:_________________________ Temporary Flight Restriction: None 99.7 A1 / A2 / A3 4

6 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Location/Altitude: Attach Chart or Map (if able) Closest NAVAID:________________________ Distance from nearest town/city_____________ Altitude:________________________________ Operations area: Center point: ____________Lat / Long ____________Fix Radial Dist Radius: _____________NM Requested route (if known) Lat/Long Box:_______________________ Affected ATC Facility:____________________ IFR / VFR / Class A / B / C / D / E / G 5

7 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Aircraft:___________________________________ Airworthiness Statement: Yes / No Line of Sight? Yes / No Day / Night Transponder/Mode C Navigation/Position Lights Home Base Airport:_______________________ Current Aviation Data Base: Yes / No Current Maps and Charts: Yes / No Pilot Qualifications: VFR: Private Pilot Written: Yes / No Medical: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / None Current: Yes / No IFR: Current Instrument Rating w Cat/Class Yes / No 6

8 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Observer Qualifications: Trained: Yes / No 1 mile lateral 3000’ vertical Medical: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / None Populated Area: Yellow on the Sectional: Yes / No Open area assembly of people: Yes / No Heavily Traffic Roads: Yes / No Lost Link: VFR:___________________________________ Divert/Emergency Landing Area: ____________ IFR:___________________________________ Divert/Emergency Landing Area:____________ 7

9 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
General Description of Operation: (Government Agency/Unit) wants to fly a(n) (Aircraft) (Where). They will be (VFR/IFR) operating within (Class of Airspace) in (ATC Facilities Airspace / or no ATC). They want to operate starting at (Local/UTC) for (number of hours / days). (Will / will not) be using a (99.7 / ) Temporary Flight Restriction. All operations will be conducted (day / night) under Visual Meteorological Conditions with a minimum of 3 miles visibility. The Pilot in Command will abide by all 14 CFR 91 rules and regulations. See and avoid will be mitigated by (ground observer / chase aircraft with airborne observer / active Restricted, Prohibited, or Warning Area airspace). 8

10 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
Specific Information for the FAA UA Program Office: James Sizemore w: General Description + If VFR: The (Aircraft) (will / will not) stay in line of sight of the Pilot/Observer. (The observer will be (ground / airborne) based.) Operations will be over (non-populated / populated) areas. They have a(n) (Agency) Airworthiness Statement. They have a lost link procedure to avoid all populated areas and return to (restricted area / warning area / prohibited area / airport or the ground control station). The entire operation will be conducted in (A/C/E/G) airspace. The pilot has (passed the Private Pilot Written / Private / Commercial / Air Transport Pilot / Instrument Rating) and has a current (3rd / 2nd / 1st / None) medical. The Observers (if used) are trained by (agency). They have current (3rd / 2nd / 1st / None) medical. 9

11 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
If IFR: Departure and Arrival operations outside Class A airspace will be in (Restricted (Temporary or Permanent) / Prohibited / Warning Areas or Chased). All IFR operations will be conducted in Class A Airspace. Operations will be over (non-populated / populated) areas. They have an IFR (Agency) Airworthiness Statement. They have a certified transponder w mode (c/s) and (navigation/position lights) and will operate them at all times. They will file, receive and follow an ATC clearance. They have a lost link procedure to avoid all populated areas and return to (restricted area / warning area / prohibited area / airport). (If to an airport – will chase up and down – or Temporary Flight Restriction). 10

12 Emergency Situation – Data Requirements
What are the UASPO restrictions? Notes For this process, the definition of “Emergency” is; either a distress or urgency condition where there is or has the extreme possibility of loss of life. As with all Certificate or Waiver or Authorizations – the application must be made by the Government Agency (not the contractor/operator) 11

13 Information 12

14 Points of Contact Ardy Williams
Air Traffic Manager, Unmanned Aircraft System James Sizemore Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Program Office John Page or 13


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