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Visual Operations Standards for UAS

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This research will evaluate Visual Observer (VO) I Remote Pilot (RP) performance in maintaining separation from manned aircraft. Research tasks will be traced to Part 107.29, 107.31, 107.33, and Part 107.37. The research will also identify and develop visual observer training recommendations for daytime, dusk, and nighttime operations. Past industry research has focused on visual detection of manned aircraft. This research will add to that by focusing on both visual detections, as well as the avoidance of manned aircraft. Potential benefits of the research include informing future VOIRP training standards, informing FAA risk assessments and waivers for extended visual line of sight operations, and informing potential updates to Part 107.

Project Lead
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Dr. Tom Haritos
Associate Director, Research | Applied Aviation Research Center
UAS Research Program Manager | Kansas State University Polytechnic