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CEFAA at Operational Security talks

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 9 nov 2018, 10:28 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 19 ago 2020, 13:01 ]
The Committee spoke about the goals and characteristics of its work to the aeronautical community at Eulogio Sánchez Fontecilla Airfield.
CEFAA's Director, Hugo Camus, during his lecture.

General view during the talks at Sánchez Fontecilla airstrip.
On August 31, 2018, DGAC’s Committee for Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA) offered a lecture to an audience of managers and crews of commercial air companies about the presence of imprevisible events in the national airspace, during talks organized by the Operational Security Department (DSO) at Tobalaba Airfield, in Santiago.

On the occasion, CEFAA’s director, Hugo Camus Palacios, lectured on a brief history of contemporary aeronautical sightings from 1947 until today, speaking about the US Air Force investigations from the fifties to the late sixties.

He also spoke about the evolution of the concept of “flying saucers”, UFO and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) detected in several countries and at the airspace under control of the Civil Aeronautics General Administration.

Mr. Camus alto mentioned the first official UFO investigations in our country between 1968 and 1975 at the then Meteorological Office, the current Chile’s Meteorological Administration.


During his almost one hour presentation, CEFAA’s director explained the Committee’s mission and main goal, highlighting the office’s support to the aerial operations safety.

A statistical chart of the reported and investigated cases was also shown and it was remarked that 72% of them have been explained away as photo cameras’ flares, birds and insects, satellites, weather balloons, airplanes and the International Space Station.

A 23% of the cases is pending, awaiting new images, answers and witnesses’ accounts and only about 5% is filed as “unexplained”, a similar percentage among CEFAA’s international equivalents.

CEFAA’s director said that the Committee’s mission is to gather information, investigate and characterize these phenomena to support the high standards of aerial safety.

CEFAA gave the audience a report form and a brochure with a brief history of the Committee, inviting everyone to report these phenomena to the email cefaa@dgac.gob.cl or to the phone number 22439 2670.