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Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP) Program

The FAA launched the UAS Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP) Program initiative in December 2016 to address and advance complex UAS operational capabilities. The program establishes a working relationship between the FAA and industry to help facilitate the full integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

PSP Goals

The PSP provides an arrangement to share mutually beneficial information, while building trust, leadership, and teamwork through a public-private relationship. By outlining the principles and procedures for early identification of critical issues and planning, the FAA can assist PSP participants in coordinating the safety cases necessary for operational approvals, and future projects can be completed in a timely and efficient manner. One of the primary objectives of the PSP Program is to provide a framework for collaboration that prioritizes complex operations. In turn, this coordination supports the FAA's rulemaking and standards development activities.

PSP Partners

Xcel Energy

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    • Safe and routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations of UAS to monitor inspect, protect, and sustain the power utility's entire energy portfolio
    • Conduct emergency operations and power restoration activities, and UAS related security and public safety operations
  • Integration Goals
    • Support scalable, repeatable and economically viable BVLOS flights, evaluate data gathered from operations to determine additional benefit by leveraging infrastructure masking as an additional safety mitigation, and leverage experience gained from partners to develop safe, repeatable, industry wide solutions for linear infrastructure and wildfire management solutions

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway

  • illustration of a flying surveillance planeOperations
    • Linear inspections over critical infrastructure
  • Integration Goals
    • The objective of the FAA/BNSF Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) is to demonstrate detect and avoid technologies, develop a scalable method to enable operations that permit critical infrastructure inspections, and recommend strategies and/or effective mitigations to address other factors that affect BVLOS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS)
    • Additionally, the CRDA is focused on UAS that are in excess of 55 pounds, and carry several onboard rail inspection systems, as well as avionics connected to a Ground Command Station (GCS)

Florida Power and Light

  • illustration of a man holding a droneOperations
    • Critical infrastructure inspections (power plants and electric lines, solar farms, nuclear facility cooling canals, etc.) and storm response damage assessment
  • Integration Goals
    • The parties are committed to facilitating the standards for a variety of use cases including: beyond visual line of sight, operations over people, one pilot for multiple UAs, remote identification, highly automated operations and night operations to facilitate critical infrastructure inspection and post disaster assessment of Next Era Energy/Florida Power and Light assets
    • Operations are conducted under Part 107 (with appropriate waivers) or Part 91 with Certificate of Authorizations issued by the Air Traffic Organization


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    • Oil and natural gas well-head inspections
    • UAS Traffic Management (UTM) testing at Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Smart Mobility Corridor
  • Integration Goals
    • Supporting scalable, repeatable and economically viable BVLOS flights. Identify procedures and processes for waivers, exemptions and other approvals. Digitization and optimization of FAA processes and procedures
    • Provide data and information for guidance, policies and rulemaking. Determine the minimum remote pilot in command (RPIC) requirements. Develop scalable and safe DAA strategies

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