Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ignores UFO reports

US aviation officials and government officials in general, at least publicly, ignore pilot reports of observations or safety-related incidents involving suspected unidentified aerial phenomena - UAP (aka UFO). The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instructs pilots that find themselves confronted with an observation or safety-related incident involving suspected UAP/UFO, to contact a civilian UFO reporting center or a private business that might want to hear their story.

If a pilot cannot identify the source of a threat to himself and his aircraft, the FAA does not want to know about it. No organization charged with receiving UFO reports in the FAA manual has published a single aviation safety based investigation or study, much less expressed concern for aviation safety factors, the aviation system or the flying public.

When the US government ceased its study of UFOs in 1968 by closing Project Blue Book, it was clear that the aviation community was not in agreement with that decision or the conclusions of the study. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, established a technical committee that undertook several studies and offered the following statement:
"The Committee has made a careful examination of the present state of the UFO issue and has concluded that the controversy cannot be resolved without further study in a quantitative scientific manner and that it deserves the attention of the engineering and scientific community."

Contrast the FAA attitude to a UK MOD report of December 2000, that declares that UAP exist, and they probably represent a threat to aviation.

The French government has maintained a UAP research team since the mid-1960s, the organization CNES-GEIPAN. It is part of the French space agency and collects data from all sources inside and out of the French government. Specifically, it provides training to pilots and air controllers on the existence of UAP and the means to effectively report an encounter or observation. It is a small organization supported by a college of experts, that provides an access point for submitting UAP reports and the means to further investigations of UAP reports. It is presented without bias and accepted generally as an appropriate agency.