DJI Requires Knowledge Quiz for First-Time Drone Pilots

DJI has launched a new knowledge quiz that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilots will be required to take before their first DJI flights.

The series of basic questions will appear in DJI GO 4, DJI’s main flight app, which runs on smartphones and tablets connected to drone remote controllers. Developed in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the initiative aims to ensure new drone pilots understand flight rules before they take to the skies.

“The evidence shows the overwhelming majority of drone pilots fly safely and responsibly, thanks in part to a robust education effort led by aviation authorities, as well as drone manufacturers and industry groups,” says Jon Resnick, DJI’s policy lead. “DJI sees the knowledge quiz as an extension of this effort, helping ensure drone pilots know basic safety rules. We are grateful to have collaborated with the FAA in designing the quiz to ensure pilots fly safely.”

In its U.S. implementation, DJI pilots will be presented with a list of nine questions, and they must correctly answer all of them in order to be able to fly. Pilots can continue answering new questions until they successfully pass the quiz. It will initially be available in the U.S. in an update to the DJI GO 4 app at the end of October, but it will be expanded to other countries in the near future, using questions customized for each country’s rules and guidelines, says DJI.

The company demonstrated the new system today at an event in Washington, D.C., to highlight how industry, government and drone pilots can work together to address drone safety, security and privacy questions. A panel representing the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, airport operators and safety researchers discussed collaborative strategies.

In addition, DJI demonstrated its new AeroScope system, which the company describes as an electronic license plate for drones. (More on AeroScope can be found here.)

“There are more than twice as many drones as traditional aircraft in America today, and we believe technology and education are the best tools to maintain and improve their admirable safety record as the number of drones continues to grow,” says Brendan Schulman, DJI’s vice president of policy and legal affairs. “DJI’s new solutions put that belief into action, providing authorities with a way to identify drones in sensitive locations and providing drone pilots a way to show they understand how to fly safely. We are excited to demonstrate these new systems and how they will make drones work better for everyone.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. dji has been painfully slow to fix problems related to their latest software update to the Phantom 4. I updated my P4 in August of this year and constantly get a false warning for IMU 1 failure during aircraft startup. The issue has been brought up numerous times in dji forums. Articles like this give the false impression that dji is some kind of leader in safety. Their app is becoming more and more restrictive. The FAA has also made it very difficult for Part 107 Commercial operators of drones to conduct business by making us wait 90 days or longer for airspace authorizations. The truth is if someone has taken the time and expense to pass the Part 107 test (costs $150 and significant study time) we should be given much greater help in conducting commercial operations. I’ve been an FAA pilot for 30 years, with a perfect safety record and have waited over 90 days for a simple Class D airspace authorization.

  2. Is this quiz every time anyone flies a DJI drone regardless of the model and whether or not the pilot is certified for Part 107 by the FAA or how long they have flown? Do you have to take the quiz again every time you shut down to change batteries? If so, I can see lots of drone owners either choosing not to update their DJI or abandoning DJI for another manufacture. Imagine you are a FAA certified commercial pilot with a client and explaining to the client you have to take this quiz before you can begin. DJI may have good intentions, but it is be no different than Toyota, GM or Ford making the driver pass a quiz every time they get in a car. This quiz update is a really, really bad idea!

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