Drone Safety Awareness Week

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Drone Safety Awareness Week, Report Wildlife Strikes, The Startle Effect

Drone Safety Awareness Week

The first National Drone Safety Awareness Week will be November 4-10, 2019. This weeklong event will help educate the public about drone safety by highlighting how key sectors of the drone community are engaging with the public and spreading awareness throughout all 50 states on specific focus areas. This is an opportunity for current and future drone pilots, as well as the general public, to learn the latest about safe drone operations. It can also be an opportunity for drone stakeholders and users to kick off new safety initiatives.

The FAA will be partnering with the Know Before You Fly educational campaign, and the UAS Safety Team to get the word out and encourage all drone operators to fly safe! For more information, go to www.faa.gov/go/DroneWeek. If you have questions or comments about Drone Safety Awareness Week, go tohttps://go.usa.gov/xpx6F.

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Report All Wildlife Strikes

The number of wildlife strikes reported per year to the FAA has increased steadily from about 1,800 in 1990 to 16,000 in 2018. Expanding wildlife populations, increases in the number of aircraft movements, a trend toward faster and quieter aircraft, and outreach to the aviation community all have contributed to the observed increase in strike reports. As a result of the increase, there has been a greater emphasis on wildlife strike hazard research and airfield wildlife management.

If you experience a wildlife strike, please contribute to this effort by making a report at https://Wildlife.FAA.gov.

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Startle Effect

Who can resist the thrill of a good old-fashioned Halloween fright? The kind of fright that triggers your human startle response to either jump, scream, or even freeze up when faced with those terrifying visuals and high-pitched, unexpected sounds you’ll find in horror movies and haunted house attractions. It can be fun when it happens on the ground, but your instinctive reaction to flight, fight, or freeze when faced with an unexpected event is not helpful during an aviation emergency.

To learn more about how to overcome your startle response when confronting an unexpected aviation event, check out the article Why Do I “Lockup” In the Cockpit?

For more emergency-focused articles, check out the Sep/Oct 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.

For more information, visit http://faa.gov



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