Aviation safety is NARCAPÕs primary focus. We are specifically interested in reports
regarding one or more of the following UAP-related situations:
It is our hope that aviation professionals will recognize the importance of this work and
contact us with their reports of encounters with UAP. Often, though not always,
reporters are concerned about their confidentiality. We are not associated with the FAA
or other government agencies, or the airlines. We have modeled our program after
NASAÕs Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). With regards to employers, the
FAA, and the media, we have a process in place to ensure that confidentiality is
We are primarily interested in reports from pilots, air traffic controllers and radar
operators. However, anyone who witnesses UAP appearing to represent a threat to
aviation safety may contact us.
We strongly suspect that UAP adversely affect avionics and aircrews. We are interested
in their impact on aviation safety and will carefully examine each incident where safety
may have been compromised. We will conduct thorough investigations of UAP reports
based on aviation industry standards.
Our Technical Advisors have extensive aviation and aeronautic experience and will
follow established patterns of aviation safety investigations and reporting.
Our International Science Advisors represent a cross section of disciplines, from
geophysicists and research psychologists to meteorologists and astrophysicists. We
expect that they will be quite helpful in evaluating cases and offering research of their
own for review.
Analysis, theories or findings related to UAP will be posted and open, critical analysis by
peer review will be encouraged. Additionally, we are encouraging written submissions by
credentialed parties who wish to present their material for peer review.
We are very interested in networking with aviation safety groups in particular, as well as
the aviation community in general. Collaborative efforts are encouraged.
NARCAP ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND GENERAL STAFFING
The National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena is a scientific,
non-political, non-profit organization comprised of an Executive Division and a Research
Division that is under the direction of an Executive Advisory Committee.
The Executive Division plays the following roles: carries out day-to-day Center
operations, coordinates computer database planning and execution in cooperation with
the Research Division, coordinates and conducts all office support staffing activities, and
recommends and jointly approves (with the Research Division's head) new NARCAP
National and International Technical Specialists and Research Associates. It conducts
public relations activities, performs fund raising, financial and budget planning and
execution, distributes NARCAP technical reports, and performs other in-house activities
directly and indirectly related to achieving NARCAP's mission(s).
The Executive Division is made up of the following sections: Executive Director,
Secretarial and Office Support, Data Handling and Security, Special Programs,
Webmaster, and Public Affairs.
The Research Division plays the following roles: conducts focused and timely reviews of
unusual atmospheric phenomena that meet predefined criteria, carries out appropriate
activities to determine whether each pilot/ATC/radar report received qualifies as an
aviation safety-related incident and, if it does, carries out detailed scientific and technical
analyses in order to discover its cause or identity, and prepares a summary report(s),
maintains a list of currently qualified aviation specialists and consultants, recommends
and jointly approves (with the Executive Division) new NARCAP National and and
International Technical Specialists and Research Associates, maintains a comprehensive
and current technical library of aviation-related information, provides cost estimates to
the Executive Director for each field/case investigation.
The Research Division is made up of the following sections: National Technical
Specialists, Research Associates, Aviation Incident Research Team(s), and Special
Working together, the Executive and Research Divisions co-direct the following sections:
Office Support, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) liaison personnel, International
Technical Specialists, Reference Librarian, and Data Archivist(s).
A national level Executive Advisory Committee is comprised of from three to five
members who meet at least annually to provide oversight and policy planning functions
NARCAP was founded in 1999 by Chief Scientist Dr. Richard Haines and Executive
Director, Ted Roe. Through careful planning and execution, NARCAP has grown to be
a respected research organization dedicated to studying UAP and aviation safety for the
NARCAP was developed because it seems that the aviation industry is operating under a
bias that is causing an under-reporting of safety-related encounters with UAP. Without
this data, effective procedures have not been implemented and there is a real threat to
Dr. Richard F. Haines has compiled a catalogue of over 3400 aviation related UAP
cases. He has conducted a comprehensive review of UAP reports by U.S. air traffic
controllers and pilots from the past 50 years. A result of this effort is Richard's paper
"Aviation Safety in America- A Previously Neglected Factor". It contains analyses of
over one hundred reports of UAP involved in near misses, close pacing, disrupted
avionics, and collisions. These events either occurred to US aviation professionals on
domestic or foreign flights, or foreign aircrews operating in US airspace. This document
includes Dr. Haines' recommendations for addressing these issues. This paper is not
copyrighted and is being widely distributed throughout the aviation industry.
NARCAP was founded on non-profit priciples and continues to maintain our non-profit
charter under our original leadership. Our official 501(c)3 status is pending.