Having flicked through CAP722B and looked at the syllabus for the A2 CoC and the GVC both touch on the human performance of the drone pilot, more so in the GVC syllabus. What is missing is an introduction to Just Culture and this is something that is important not only for pilots but also for the drone operators (responsible person), but also for the Police.
CAP722 7th edition PAR Ch1 2.6 Para 2 states that the CAA have given the Police the lead in dealing with UAS misuse incidents. But without a full understanding of a just culture then this could lead to pilots being labelled irresponsible, unsafe and maybe even criminal in their actions.
One key to the successful implementation of safety regulation is to attain a “just culture” reporting environment within aviation organisations, regulators and investigation authorities. This effective reporting culture depends on how those organisations handle blame and punishment.
I am hoping that the CAA, Police and Local Authorities soon introduce such a culture for drone piloting.
What is needed is a “just culture”, an atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged, even rewarded, for providing essential safety-related information - but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Under “Just Culture” conditions, individuals are not blamed for ‘honest errors’, but are held accountable for wilful violations and gross negligence.
This culture works but only if everyone involved has a clear understanding of the Just Culture environment.