Posted April 10, 2015
by Ted Roe
Over the past twenty years several nations and US government agencies have released
files on unidentified aerial phenomena, UAP, reports and investigations. Nearly all of these
case files contain reports of aviation related observations and aviation safety related
incidents involving unusual lights or objects, UAP. These reports often involve commercial
and military pilots, air crews and air traffic controllers dealing with UAP observations and
incidents during the conduct of their duties as career professionals.
While there have been few official comments regarding the source or causes of these
reports it is apparent that there are many commonalities in these reports that should be
examined more closely. However, there has been no coordinated effort at the official level
to compare these reports and assess them for commonalities and “profiles” or for aviation
Data regarding aviation related UAP observations and incidents flows away from the
aviation system and is not examined for safety factors by US aviation authorities, the NTSB,
etc. In fact, the FAA refers pilots and air traffic controllers that want to make a UAP or “UFO”
report to contact civilian UFO research groups and private businesses. These organizations
have not published a single study nor demonstrated the slightest concern for the matter of
UAP and aviation safety.
The French Government has maintained a nearly constant official vigilance with respect to
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena since the mid1960s. The current agency addressing UAP
observations and incidents, GEIPAN – Groupe d’Études et d’Informations sur les
Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non-identifiés (unidentified aerospace phenomenon research
and information group), is located in the French Space Agency CNES – Centre National d’
Etudes Spatiales (National Center for Space Studies). This organization collects reports
from across French bureaucracy including the French aviation authority and their files
reflect aviation related observations and aviation safety related incidents involving UAP.
Many French officials including GEIPAN members and former members participated in the
COMETA report which was prepared as an independent study through IDHN. This report
contains several aviation related UAP reports that share consistent commonalities with
those reported in other parts of the world as well as a strong recommendation that the world
look more closely at UAP manifestations.
In the late 1980s-1990s, in response to their own UAP cases, the governments of Chile,
Peru and Uruguay established official UAP research teams and their case files also reflect
aviation related observations and aviation safety related incidents involving UAP.
Dr. Richard. F. Haines, NARCAP (National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous
Phenomena) Chief Scientist, has collected over 3400 cases of aviation-related
observations and incidents involving unidentified aerial phenomena, UAP.
NARCAP.org was founded in 1999 specifically to investigate and document aviation-safety
related UAP reports for the benefit of aviation safety and global aviation. Reports are
engaged confidentially to protect the reputation of the reporter. NARCAP has a staff of
about 50 specialists that can address investigations, analysis, publications and activism
related to UAP and aviation safety. NARCAP has published numerous reports and studies.
NARCAP’s first Technical Report, Aviation Safety in America: A Previously Neglected Factor
was prepared and released by Dr. Richard Haines in 1999. This paper documents over 100
examples of UAP incidents that involved aviation safety factors over a 50 year period.
NARCAP International Technical Specialist Dominique Weinstein, member CNES-GEIPAN
College of Experts, has compiled a collection of 1300 international aviation-related
observations and incidents involving UAP. Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – Eighty Years of
Pilot Sightings: Catalog of Military, Airliner, Private Pilots sightings from 1916 to 2000.
In 2004, Mexican NARCAP Research Associates Carlos Guzman and Alfonse Salazar
published a book documenting many examples of aviation related observations and safety
related incidents involving UAP over Mexico – Ovnis y la Aviación Mexicana.
In 2006 the British Government, the UK Ministry of Defense, released the “Condign” report,
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region (UKMOD), which states rather
bluntly “that UAP exist is indisputable… and they (UAP) are probably a threat to safe
aviation.” Airprox reports released by the UK CAA, Civil Aviation Authority, clearly reveal
that some UAP cases do indeed involve aviation safety factors and that many UK UAP
cases share commonalities with those reported in other countries. (CAA DOC LINK)
The official UAP research team of the Chilean Gov., CEFAA (Committee for the Study of
Anomalous Aerial Phenomena), was established in 1997. In 2010, NARCAP signed an
official research agreement with CEFAA and has participated in several studies for the
Since then NARCAP has published several papers on its website addressing UAP and
aviation safety factors in other nations, prepared by NARCAP staff and efforts of merit.
In 2010 NARCAP published Project Sphere, an international effort to examine aviation
related observations and incidents involving UAP that present as spherical lights or objects.
This report includes reports from six countries including the USA (click here) regarding
safety related incidents involving spherical UAP.
In September 2012 NARCAP’s Dr. Richard Haines presented to the Academie de l’Air et de l’
Espace and le Groupe Ill-de-France de l’Association Aeronautique et Astronautique de
France regarding UAP and air safety factors. Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and Aviation
Safety: There is a Relationship
In 2013 the Government of Peru reopened its own UAP investigations team through its
military, the Office for the Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena – OIFAA.
In response to UAP cases involving German and EU pilots NARCAP – Germany branch has
In July of 2014 NARCAP Science Chief Dr. Richard Haines and NARCAP Executive Advisory
Committee member Dr. Jacques Vallee presented at a closed workshop hosted by the
official French UAP research team, CNES-GEIPAN, regarding investigation techniques for
examining alleged aviation related UAP encounters and developing a research strategy for
engaging UAP research. CAIPAN Workshop.
Argentine researcher Carlos Daniel Ferguson has prepared a paper titled, “Aviation Safety
Reports Related by Argentine Pilots Concerning Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”. This
paper is published on the NARCAP website. Again, we see commonalities in descriptions
and “behaviors” of UAP that are consistent with those reported by other nations.
NARCAP Research Associate Priit Rifk, Estonia, has prepared a paper titled, “A Review of
Suspected Aviation Safety Encounters with UAP by Estonian Pilots in Estonian and Soviet
Union Airspace”, published on the NARCAP website. This paper also contains UAP reports
that share consistent profiles with some aviation-related UAP that are reported elsewhere in
Over the past 15 years NARCAP.org has received numerous specific international reports
from many different nations that apparently involve safety factors and UAP. These include
claims of near midair collisions, loss of separation, crew distraction, failed radar detections,
incursions or manifestations inside of restricted or controlled air space, etc.
As the conversation continues to evolve the number of reports, historical and current, is
increasing. While NARCAP’s investigations and research mandate applies to US aircraft
and crews we acknowledge and encourage our international staff, partners and efforts of
merit as they document and report their own cases involving UAP and aviation safety.