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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 unmanned aircraft systems (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

Amazon Prime Air

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    • Safe and reliable operation of the Amazon Prime Air UAS that will deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
    • Routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAS commercial package delivery operations.
  • Integration Goals
    • Support regulatory and operational frameworks needed to facilitate commercial UAS use cases. Key focus areas include UAS traffic management (UTM) systems, detect-and-avoid (DAA) capabilities, UAS air carrier, type and production certification, and airspace integration.
    • Improve risk-based decision-making methods and advocate for adoption of safety management system concepts with appropriate controls and oversight.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway

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    • 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 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)

Drone Racing League (DRL)

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    • Develop the criteria for and implement regulatory approvals necessary for DRL to conduct demonstrations, air shows, exhibitions, and events at different venues throughout the United States
  • Integration Goals
    • Support the establishment of a standardized set of safety protocols for individuals and/or organizations seeking to conduct UAS demonstrations, air shows, exhibitions, and events in the NAS through:
      • Systematically evaluating methods, processes, and technologies to inform and provide recommendations to the FAA
      • Supporting development of UAS event execution standards and practices with respect to permitting/approvals and safety in order to maximize safety while minimizing the administrative burden on the FAA and parties seeking to conduct UAS events
      • Educating the public on UAS safety via community outreach and engagement on social media.

Florida Power and Light

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    • 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

UPS Flight Forward Inc.

  • UPS Flight ForwardOperations
    • Delivery of time-sensitive healthcare items such as lab specimens, infusion kits, medicine, and medical supplies on hospital campuses
    • Business to consumer (B2C) drone delivery
    • Creation of a remote operations center
  • Integration Goals
    • Gain feedback from local communities to address concerns and clearly define socioeconomic benefits
    • Use part 135 Air Carrier Certificate to identify scalable, repeatable and economically viable beyond visual line of sight (BLVOS) flight procedures to support various use cases
    • Inform new policies to safely arrive at more complex operations
    • Accelerate the deployment of advanced technology to ensure customers get what they need, when they need it
    • Eventual integration of drone delivery into the UPS Smart Logistics Network

Wing (an Alphabet company)

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    • Provide routine delivery of medicine, food and household essentials to homes typically in 10 minutes or less as a safer, faster, and more sustainable alternative to transportation by road.
  • Integration Goals
    • Support safe and responsible operations in shared airspace by:
      • Continuing to engage, listen, and respond to local communities;
      • Enabling routine BVLOS operations in underutilized airspace through a range of technologies and practices;
      • Supporting the adoption of a safe, secure, open, and scalable UTM framework.
      • Advancing risk and performance based regulatory frameworks including Type Certification, Production Certification, Air Carrier operation and BVLOS operations.

Xcel Energy

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    • Safe and routine 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

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