|The National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, NARCAP, is a fully accredited
501c3 Nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and analysis of aviation safety-related encounters with
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena or UAP. NARCAP is an established authority on UAP and
aviation-related UAP research. With over fifteen years of experience as an organization, the combined skills
of more than fifty active members of the US branch as well as two international branches and research
agreements with official international research teams, private organizations and efforts of merit, NARCAP
continues to serve the global aviation community.
NARCAP was founded in 1999 by NARCAP Science Chief Dr. Richard F. Haines and Executive Director,
Ted Roe. Through careful planning NARCAP has become a respected research organization dedicated to
studying UAP and aviation safety for the benefit of the aviation community.
NARCAP was developed because the aviation industry is operating under a bias that is causing an
under-reporting of safety-related encounters with UAP. The US Government and the Federal Aviation
Administration are adamant that there are no unidentified aerial phenomena and do not study them in spite
of the many observations and incidents that have been reported by pilots and aviation professionals around
The FAA instructs pilots and air controllers to contact private organisations if they think they have had an
encounter with something they can't identify. If a pilot or air controller does make a report the information
moves away from the aviation community and is examined without regard for aviation safety planning.
The NARCAP reporting center was founded in 2000 specifically to address aviation-related observations
and incidents involving UAP in service to the aviation community. Without this data, effective procedures
have not been implemented and there is a real threat to aviation safety.
Dr. Richard F. Haines has compiled a catalogue of over 3400 aviation-related UAP cases, AIRCAT, and
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 Dr. Haine'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.
For over fifteen years NARCAP has conducted studies and research and published reports as a private
organization using its own resources. In late 2014 NARCAP recieved its federal nonprofit 501c3 status and
is now a nonprofit research group.
It is our hope that aviation professionals will recognize the importance of this work and contact us with their
reports of observations and encounters with UAP. If the case is very recent NARCAP may undertake an
investigation provided the report is made in a timely fashion. There are only two weeks from the time an
event occurs to make a FOIA request for audio and radar data from the FAA so it is imperative that current
cases are reported immediately.
NARCAP is also interested in historical cases involving observations of or safety related incidents involving
Please contact us immediately to make a report.
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 NASAs
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 protected.
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
The Research Division is made up of the following sections: National Technical Specialists, Research
Associates, Aviation Incident Research Team(s), and Special Case-related Consultants.
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 to NARCAP.
|NARCAP Executive Director
Mr. Ted Roe
|NARCAP Science Chief
Dr. Richard F. Haines