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Order 8040.6A - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safety Risk Management (SRM) Policy

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safety Risk Management (SRM) Policy
Date issued
Office of Primary Responsibility
AUS-1, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office
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Order purpose statement

This Order establishes the methods by which the FAA manages applicants’ requests to operate unmanned aircraft systems, and how AVS performs safety risk management in accordance with FAA Order 8040.4, Safety Risk Management Policy. This Order defines the scope, roles and responsibilities, triage, governance, SRM triggers, and includes an outline for documenting SRM steps. This Order also clarifies responsibilities and describes the duties of Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and AVS to facilitate repeatable work processes when handling waivers. Exemption requests are currently handled per 14 CFR Part 11. Processes contained herein support FAA Order 8040.4, establishing a safety risk baseline with common hazards and mitigations, that enable the FAA to address safety risk associated with UAS operations in the National Airspace System in a more consistent, coordinated, and timely manner.


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Number Title Date
8040.6 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Risk Management Policy 2019-10-04