This video covers air traffic control (ATC), letters of authorization (LOA), and flight service station (FSS).
- Air traffic controllers are people who work in control towers and other places. These people's job is to maintain the safety in the airspace that they have been assigned to. This is a very highly skilled profession. If you want to fly your small, unmanned aircraft in controlled space, you need to contact them and get authorization prior to entering the space. Once in there, you need to maintain communication with them and follow all of their instructions.
If you feel that you cannot comply with their instructions due to safety or other concerns, you can deviate from them. However, you must tell them that you cannot comply and why. ATC has the authority to approve or deny aircraft operations. Remember you cannot fly in controlled airspace without their authorization. (upbeat music) For recurring or long-term operations in controlled airspace, prior authorization could include a letter of agreement or LOA to establish operating procedures for small unmanned aircraft.
This LOA will outline the ability to integrate into the existing air traffic operation and may improve access to the airspace where operations are proposed. This agreement ensures all parties are aware of limitations and conditions and help maintain safety. Even with a letter of agreement, you still need permission to enter the airspace. Flight Service Stations or FSS are air traffic facilities that provide pilot briefings, enroute communications and more services.
They will issue, when necessary, airport advisories and weather observations.
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- Crew resource management (CRM)
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