Frequently asked Questions:
Emulating the approach already successfully established in manned aviation, where Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR) and Voluntary Occurrence Reports (VOR) are submitted following an incident, Altitude Angel has established a similar reporting system for drone pilots and operators to report an event.
The goal is to collate and share drone pilots' experiences through anonymous incident reports, and release a semi-annual report that contains information that could help reduce the re-occurrence of similar situations.
Prior to our introducing this reporting form, there was no industry-wide function for drone pilots and operators to report or register any unplanned event they or their drone were involved in. The result of this meant mistakes were being repeated by different drone pilots, many of which could have been prevented if the experiences of the first person to encounter the issue were made available to other responsible drone pilots.
You should check relevant aviation laws in your country to determine if there are mandatory reporting systems in place, but at the time of bringing this service online in late 2019, we were not aware of any such mandatory systems for drone pilots.
The Altitude Angel reporting system is an anonymous web portal where drone operators are asked to fill in a small number of questions if they experience something unexpected. Altitude Angel collate the findings before making them available to the wider industry in order for each business segment to apply the appropriate learnings and improve safety.
We do not ask you to login or specify contact information when submitting the form, therefore neither Altitude Angel nor anybody else will be able to identify you. Please keep in mind when writing answers to questions, you should be careful not to inadvertently disclose your identity or contact information.
Any information you submit into the forms is only released in a semi-annual, aggregated report.
Reporting an unexpected events is not a 'pass' card for irresponsible or criminal behaviour, but it does allow considerate pilots and operators to learn from others and take measures to prevent, or at the very least vastly reduce, the chances of the same type of event happening again. This responsible attitude to reporting can only reduce incidents and improve safety.
Because this service collects drone incident reports from all around the world, you should make a determination about whether or not you are required to act in accordance with your country's aviation laws to make a mandatory occurrence report (or similar) with your national aviation authority. If you're not sure who your national aviation authority is, please contact us and we can point you in the right direction.
All information submitted within this form is invaluable. The data you provide will be compiled alongside other submissions and published in a report on a semi-annual basis. This report will be made openly available through our website and social media channels.
By sharing your experiences you're helping to improve the reputation of drone pilots worldwide, which we hope will assist in further enabling conscientious and responsible drone use.