Photo courtesy of the Transportation Accident Investigation Commission
As government and industry continue discussions on the best ways to integrate drones into the National Airspace System, Helicopter Association International (HAI) this week rolled out a new data system to help pilots quickly report drone and other safety threats.
The HAI Aviation Reporting Program (HARP) "grew out of a discussion among members of the HAI Air Medical Services Committee," HAI said. "They felt there was not an effective system for prompt reporting of unmanned aircraft systems activities that could threaten the safety of helicopter air ambulance operators."
HAI held its Air Medical Safety Conference this week in Arlington, Virginia.
The HARP system is available at https://www.rotor.org/HARP.
HARP users can report events in a number of categories, including drone/UAS, accident/serious incident, near midair collision, wildlife strike/activity, laser event, and other hazards.
Chris Hill, the director of safety at HAI, said HARP "is not intended to serve as a substitute for other public reporting systems or programs."
“We encourage pilots to continue using any effective, responsive system they prefer for reporting hazardous conditions," he said. "The purpose of HARP is to provide a simple reporting portal that promptly guides users through the reporting steps and ensures that vital safety information is shared with stakeholder operators in the most expedient manner possible."
Hill said HAI will respect individual and operator privacy in their HARP submissions and that HAI is "working directly with NASA to develop strict protocols for secure processing and transfer of HARP submissions into NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS)."