ASO Standards



The ASO STANDARDS GUIDES are living documents, intended to be updated periodically to reflect changes in aviation/remote-sensing practices and the aviation environment. If you would like a copy of these guides, please send your request to:

The AIRBORNE SENSOR OPERATOR PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS GUIDE is the first of its kind effort by professional ASOs to institutionalize the role of the ASO. In its entirety, this standards document describes the primary functional areas associated with being a professional ASO:

• ASO Description
• Definition
• Industry Sectors
• Titles
• General Professional Standards
• Attributes
• Education
• Basic Training
• Continuing Education and Advanced Training
• Professional Development
• Certification
• Professional Liaison
• Leadership
• ASO Managers


The AIRBORNE SENSOR OPERATORS CODE OF CONDUCT offers recommendations to advance flight safety, airmanship, remote-sensing and professionalism. The Code of Conduct presents a vision of excellence for aviators/remote-sensing aircrew professionals. Its principles complement and underscore legal and/or professional requirements. The Code of Conduct will be most effective if users have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of flight & remote-sensing as well as a commitment to the pursuit of professionalism. The Code of Conduct has five sections, each presenting Principles and Recommended Practices:

• General Responsibilities of Aviators
• Crewmembers, Passengers or People in Your Area of Operations
• Training and Proficiency
• Use of Technology
• Advancement and Promotion of Aviation and Aerial Remote-Sensing