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.

NARCAP was founded in 1999. 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 world.

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 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.

For twenty 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 UAP.

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.


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 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.