Are You Ready to Fly a Drone?

The Consumer Electronics Association has forecast that 700,000 UAV’s will be sold this holiday season. People are excited about drones and their capabilities, and the use of UAV’s around the world has exploded.

Most prospective operators – from consumers to businesses—want to fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAV, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose.

Stay off the naughty list! If you will be among those fortunate new owners of a UAV in the coming weeks and you live in the U.S., you should be aware about “Know Before You Fly.”

“Know Before You Fly” is a valuable resource that helps new drone users understand the responsibilities that come with UAV operation. It was founded by the three leading organizations with a stake in UAV safety – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the founding members to spread the word about safe and responsible flying.

Their website includes integration with AirMap, an app-based software system that provides UAV operators with accurate airspace information including the geographic data on airports, temporary flight restrictions, restricted airspace, national parks and NOAA marine protection areas.

The website now includes an interactive quiz, Are You Ready to Fly A Drone? The quiz tests basic knowledge of UAV rules and the airspace. When completing the quiz, users are ranked on their ability as an operator.

Go to www.knowbeforeyoufly.org to learn much more.