CEFAA signs agreement, L to R:
Mr. Gustavo Rodrigues, ATC (Rtrd), Executive Secretary CEFAA,
Air Force General (Rtrd) Ricardo Bermudez, Director CEFAA,
Mr. Jose Lay, International Relations Officer CEFAA
New Zealand’s UFOCUS NZ Research Network has signed a formal agreement of cooperation with Chile’s CEFAA (Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena), a predominantly military and aviation organization.In March 1997, observers from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of Chaculluta Arica, Chile, witnessed the appearance of UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) for two consecutive nights, a fact which aroused public and media curiosity concerning sighting reports from military and commercial pilots. The DGAC released an official press statement acknowledging the veracity of these reports and the need to create within itself an organization to collect and analyse reports of UAP sightings within Chile’s controlled airspace.
Thus CEFAA was created in 1997, tasked with investigating such incidents. Their committee includes representatives from the Chilean Air Force, Army and Navy, as well as representatives from the Public Safety and Transport Department, Air Accident Investigation, aviation, Air Traffic Control, space engineering, astronomy, meteorology, psychology and a range of sciences. CEFAA is instrumental in assisting other South American countries to establish similar research organisations to collect and investigate UAP sighting reports.
UFOCUS NZ Research Network was established in 2000. Similarly, UFOCUS NZ’s staff, which includes two Air Traffic Controllers (retired), a pilot, and a police officer, has established cooperative links with professionals and contacts nationally and internationally, in aviation, science, meteorology, astronomy, astrophysics, Police, and Air Traffic Control, with the aim of increasing such associations. Through their agreement with CEFAA, Chile, UFOCUS NZ has access to sophisticated analysis of UAP sighting footage.
The two groups will exchange relevant information regarding UAP sightings, with a particular emphasis on aviation-related sightings in accordance with UFOCUS NZ’s and CEFAA’s mutual concern for Air Traffic Safety.
As well, the two groups will share and develop information on investigation methodology, which tends to evolve over time according to new scientific ideas, instrumentation, and analytical capabilities, especially on procedures and actions recommended to pilots and air traffic controllers during and after a UAP encounter.
Considering UFOCUS NZ and CEFAA are interested in the scientific study of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, they share a commitment to promote the advancement of UAP research and communicate their findings to the scientific and aviation communities.
UFOCUS NZ lobbied the former Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Mateparae, over a two year period prior to the NZ MOD’s decision to declassify their UFO files for release in two batches in 2009 and 2010. Although not indicative of the true scale of UFO sightings reported in New Zealand, they did bring the subject of UFO sightings to public attention.
UFOCUS NZ’s website contains both historic and recent pilot and military UAP/UFO reports. A specific Aviation Sighting Report form can be downloaded and submitted. We have a strict policy of confidentiality and welcome future reports from the aviation and military communities to contribute to this international research.