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CEFAA, serving the aeronautical system and the citizenry during the Covid-19 Pandemic

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 31 mar 2021 10:49 por Plataforma Sites Dgac
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, CEFAA, has worked 365 days a year, receiving reports from the arid lands and Northern highlands, islands and archipelagos to the frozen Chilean Antarctic.
One of CEFAA's specialist advisors during a work meeting at the Committee's offices with collaborators.

A specialist and collaborators study a case at CEFAA's Operations Center, in Cerrillos.
In a normal year, this organism received an average of a hundred reports regarding the most different situations of sightings with photographic images, videos or accounts of situations related to the observation of strange things in the skies.

That number of cases increased by almost 300% during 2020, increasing from 121 reports received in 2019 to 350 cases last year.

The image shows the number of cases received in the last five years.

The image shows the evolution in the number of reported cases that were investigated between 2016 and 2020.


Increase in foreign cases

Due to the international image that CEFAA has projected in the last decade and in 2019 and 2020, the Committee has received numerous reports of sightings from abroad, all of which have been dealt with according with its jurisdiction and regulations.

Between 2018 and 2020, a total of 46 sightings from countries of the Americas, Europe and Oceania were reported to CEFAA. Those reports represented 8% of the total received, but were not formally studied because our responsibility does not exceed the limits of the airspace controlled by Chile.

Between 2018 and 2020, reports from abroad represented an 8% of the total reports received by CEFAA.

This table shows the number and country of origin of the reports received by CEFAA between 2018 and 2020.

Approximately 59% of all foreign reports from the aforementioned period came from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Reports coming from the United States, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela accounted for approximately 22% of the foreign cases.

Reports received from abroad between 2018 and 2020.

Geographic distribution of the reports received from abroad between 2018 and 2020.

Outstanding researchers

The Committee for Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, CEFAA, an office from the Civil Aeronautics General Administration (DGAC), does an anonymous work of public service to citizens and the National Aeronautical System, investigating and publishing the results of its studies in order to support the safety of air operations.

Three researchers and an executive assistant work at CEFAA on a full time basis. Professionals from all units from the DGAC, from Arica to the Chilean Antarctic, also help as collaborators and advisors, as well as academics and representatives from the Armed Forces.

Among CEFAA’s external advisors there are pilots, engineers, geophysicists, astronomers, geographers, entomologists, ornithologists, medical doctors, physicists, biologists and image analysis’ experts, among others.

The Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena was created by DGAC Resolution No. 01599 dated October 3, 1997 signed by then Civil Aeronautics' General Director, Aviation General Gonzalo Miranda.
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