VOLUME 16 UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
CHAPTER 1 BACKGROUND, ORGANIZATION, AND DEFINITIONS
Section 4 Headquarters/Regional ASI Interface, Tasks/Flows, and PTRS
16-1-4-1 HEADQUARTERS (HQ)/REGIONAL AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTOR (ASI) INTERFACE.
16-1-4-5 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS).
A. Responsibilities. All inspectors, managers, and supervisors are responsible for maintaining
records currency. The inspector should record the Record Identification Number of the PTRS entry so that future record updates
can be made. (See
Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1.)
B. Recording Information. ASIs record information in the Enhanced Flight Standards Automation
System (eFSAS) by adding and updating applicable PTRS records by using activity numbers to identify specific activities that
are conducted or accomplished by Flight Standards Service (AFS) employees involving aircraft. Unmanned aircraft (UA) have been
identified by law (Public Law (PL) 112-95, §§ 331 and 336) and by the Federal Register (FR) as aircraft. PTRS allows ASIs to include
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in their reporting and documentation. PTRS guidance is well documented in the current edition of the
PTRS Procedures Manual (PPM) and various sections of this handbook and remains the same for UAS with the following additional
1) All entries will use established PTRS activity codes in the required “Activity Num:” field.
UAS activity records are further identified by populating the “14 CFR” field of the PTRS record with “107,”
or as applicable.
2) The aircraft registration number (“Aircraft Reg #”) field is an optional field in the PTRS
record and shall be used if the UAS has a registration number that begins with “N.”
3) The Miscellaneous (“Misc”) field is an optional field in the PTRS record and shall be used
if the UAS has a registration number that begins with “FA.”
4) The Airman Certificate Number (“Cert Number”) field is an optional field in the PTRS record
and shall be used to record the operator/pilot certificate number.
5) The “Make/Model/Series” field is an optional field in PTRS and is used to record one of the
UAS use statuses as described in the selections as follows:
a) UAS-NONCERT-HIREUsed to identify UAS that are being used for commercial hire with regard to the
report being entered.
b) UAS-NONCERT-PRIVATEUsed to identify UAS that are being used for private (non‑commercial) purposes
with regard to the report being entered.
c) UAS-NONCERT-PUBLIC USEUsed to identify UAS that are being used for non‑commercial public use
activity with regard to the report being filed.
6) The “National Use” field is an optional data field in the PTRS but is required to be populated
for UAS as follows:
a) UAS (hyphen) followed by the type of operator (Public (P), Civil (C), or Military (M)), hyphen,
and followed by the size (Large (L) or Small (S)). For example:
· UAS-M-L = UAS, Military operator,
· UAS-P-L = UAS, Public operator,
· UAS-C-S = UAS, Civil operator, Small
b) The “Comments,” and Miscellaneous (“Misc:”) fields are still available for use as needed by the user.
16-1-4-7 through 16-1-4-21 RESERVED.