This Friday, DJI will roll out a knowledge quiz for pilots who are operating drones in U.K. airspace.
The test comes prior to government plans to introduce a safety awareness test for drone users in 2018, says DJI. The quiz will require operators to correctly answer a series of basic questions about safe drone use before their first flight. The questions will appear in DJI GO 4, DJI’s main flight app, which runs on smartphones and tablets connected to drone remote controllers.
Pilots will be presented with a list of eight questions and must correctly answer all of them in order to be able to fly; they can continue answering new questions until they successfully pass. DJI launched the quiz in the U.S. earlier this year and plans to expand it to other countries in the near future.
“The vast majority of drone pilots fly safely and responsibly, but with drone usage bound to increase substantially in the coming years, new enthusiasts will use our technology,” says Christian Struwe, head of European public policy at DJI. “Governments, aviation authorities and drone manufacturers agree that we need to work together to ensure that all drone pilots know basic safety rules.”
Tim Johnson, policy director at the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority, adds, “Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe. We welcome any initiative that reinforces the importance of safe and responsible drone use.”