ASOG Members, as part of this year's "ASOG's 2021 Focus Areas" and the Outstanding Participation by members last year, we're going to continue the "ASOG Article of the Month" pilot project for 2021.

To make the project even better, it would be great to have more members participate, i.e., write at least one article (or two) for this year (2021). If you're interested, review the instructions below and send the ASOG Desk Editor a draft.

Also, If you sign-up and the article gets published on the board (plus, shared over Linked-In & Twitter), we will highlight you as an ASOG Author, i.e., on the "Meet the ASOG Authors" webpage. Plus, you can improve your Linked-In  and other social media Profiles by highlighting it under "Publications."

Like last year, who can write?

All ASOG members!

As many of you know, ASOG is about networking and sharing best practices via your experiences and knowledge (manned & unmanned aircraft operations) to help others in their jobs and highlight the many different aspects of our profession.

This includes those ASOG members who might not be a flyer but someone who's a stakeholder in the aerial-remote-sensing sector, i.e., part of our eco-system (Students, OEMs, Suppliers, Integrators, Educators/Trainers, Ops Service Providers, Imagery/GIS Analyst, end-users, etc.).

What can I write about?

Here are some general ASO storylines or themes to focus on:

  • Aviation & Airmanship
  • Remote-Sensing/Communication technology & application (sensors, processing, exploitation & dissemination)
  • Training & Education
  • Safety/CRM
  • Civil/Commercial Ops
  • Public Safety Ops
  • Defense & Security Ops (Nothing classified)
  • Other (Hoist Operator, JTAC, Imagery Analyst, GIS Specialist, Air Ambulance Paramedic, etc.)?


Here are some example story types that you may want to use or combine:

  • Personal Discovery Stories – Tell how you learned a lesson, i.e., give some practical advice on how the group might learn from your experience.
  • Best Practice Tips – Share with the group your thoughts on how to do better with something, i.e., career, training, operating systems, instructing, planning, CRM, etc., etc.,
  • Trending / Future – Tell the group where your sector is trending or what is trending.
  • Success Stories – Tell how you achieved something that others can learn.
  • Failure Stories – Show some lessons learned through failure.
  • Biographies – Tell a positive story of a person in your niche – pulling out functional parts that can be applied and used to help others in the aerial-remote-sensing aircrew profession.
  • Autobiographies – Tell your own professional career story from start to finish or a part of your career, e.g., how you went through flight training and your thoughts then and now.
  • Case Studies or Observation – Describe a situation, flight, project, or mission that others can learn from, i.e., a spot from history or your history.

Also, here is a list of last year's articles written by some of your fellow ASOGers, i.e., if they can do it, so can you:

  • This is one Airmanship skill all ASOs & Aircrew Members should embrace – The ability to Compartmentalize!
  • Aviation English: Why it's Important for Airborne Sensor Operators to Speak English
  • My Short List – Things to Think About Before Implementing Drones in Your Air Support Unit
  • Don't Stress and Never Stop Applying
  • Check-Six: The Pitfall of Saying, "That's Not My Job!"
  • Situational Awareness - Manned vs. Unmanned
  • Just Who is Responsible?
  • What are the Golden Rules in IIMC?
  • Operator Input
  • My Pitch - Why YOU Should Get Your Pilots License

What can't I write about?

We don't want poetry, fiction, reviews of someone's else product/work in a negative way (unless you have solid facts & figures), long academic papers, political themes, or preachy lectures.

Remember that you are writing colleague to colleague – one peer sharing knowledge with another, i.e., good practices or experiences that cross-checks with other peers and the next generation of peers. Our approach is conversational and casual, and that's why long academic papers and rambling stories don't work well either.

As a side note, industry white papers, press releases, announcements, job opportunities, etc., are Wanted and Highly Encouraged for the Blog Board. However, the "ASOG Article of the Month" initiative focuses on individual members uniquely contributing to the ASO community and the industries that support it.

What are the guidelines?

  • Again, send your draft copy to the ASOG Desk Editor (deskeditor@aso-group.org ).
  • The typical length is 1000 to 1500 words, but we are willing to go a bit shorter or longer. Plus, author-supplied (i.e., you own it) photos are a huge plus. I think a few pictures or graphs tell the story better.
  • We are willing to post an article that's already been published elsewhere if you can prove you own the material's rights.
  • Send your article in a Word document format. Don't send a link to a blog or a PDF file.
  • Include a title and your full name. Plus, a short bio and photo of yourself for the "Meet the ASOG Article of the Month Authors" section.
  • That easy!


If you can hang out in the hanger or back shops and tell experiences with your buddies, you have the talent to write it down. I know from my personal and professional corner of the world; I want to hear your unique professional thoughts and stories.

Who knows, next time you go to a BBQ, you can say you're an ASO and an author!

Thank You, Everyone… I'm looking forward to reading your article!

Best Regards,


ASOG Desk Editor

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