National Aviation Reporting Center on
Anomalous Phenomena
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Melden Sie flugverkehrsbezogene Ereignisse / Beobachtungen, in die UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena = unidentifizierte luftraumbezogene Phänomene) involviert sind!

If you are a pilot, air traffic controller, radar operator or other aviation professional and you would like to report an observation or incident involving unidentified aerial phenomena please click here.
NARCAP is interested in both current and historical UAP incidents and observations.
We are specifically interested in those cases involving concerns for aviation safety.
Reporter Confidentiality: We maintain confidentiality for all reporters unless they specifically authorize the release of their name.

UAP ~ Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

"An unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) is the visual stimulus that provokes a sighting report of an object or light seen in the sky, the appearance and/or flight dynamics of which do not suggest a logical, conventional flying object and which remains unidentified after close scrutiny of all available evidence by persons who are technically capable of making both a full technical identification as well as a common sense identification, if one is possible." (Haines, Pp. 13-22, 1980)

The term "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" or UAP is an attempt to address the fact that not all UAP are described as unidentified flying objects or UFO. Many are simply described as unusual lights. NARCAP feels the term "UAP" more accurately reflects the broad scope of descriptions in aviation reports as well as the possibility that these phenomena may arise from several different sources. The answers to the questions regarding the existence, source and nature of the subcategory of UAP referred to as UFO will be found in the data. Given that pilots do report aerial phenomena that they describe as structured objects, NARCAP feels it is appropriate to give attention to the witness' description of what was seen or detected and engage it objectively.

Recommendations to Pilots from NARCAP on What to Do and What Not to Do if you Have a Near Encounter with an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon

Dr. Richard Haines, Chief Editor, Contributors include: P. Davenport, R. Eaton, D. Geisler, R. Haines, M. Hall, L. Kean, P. Kinzelman, L. Lemke, G. Mcleod, T. Roe, M. Shough, B. Smith

Recommended Actions to Improve the Current Climate of Denial within the Aviation World about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and Related Commentary (English)

Dr. Richard F. Haines, NARCAP Chief Scientist., November 18, 2010