FAA, Denver International Airport Team up for Drone Safety Awareness


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it is teaming up with Denver International Airport (DIA), the largest airport in the country in terms of land area, to raise awareness about safe unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations.

DIA has also formed a regional working group to identify solutions to the potential hazards posed by unauthorized and unsafe uses of UAS near Colorado airports.

The two have partnered for a public service announcement (PSA) that will run on the video towers in the airport’s main terminal. The PSA uses the FAA’s “no-drone zone” slogan and refers viewers to the FAA’s unmanned aircraft website and to the Know Before You Fly campaign.

The PSA will air all day today, Sept. 30, following its unveiling at an unmanned aircraft safety press event that the airport organized and hosted. After that, it will air for two weeks surrounding the winter holidays – a time when many people will be getting drones as gifts, the FAA says. Denver also will post the PSA on the airport website so that it will reach travelers every day of the year.

DIA’s new working group comprises the airport itself, the FAA, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s aeronautics division, Centennial Airport, Front Range Airport, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, the Denver Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The group will share their experiences with UAS issues and help development future policy recommendations as new regulations are made at the federal level. It will work to share best practices for documenting and responding to UAS incidents and will consider how future procedures might enable safe commercial UAS uses at airports. The working group will also explore public outreach and education about the safe operation of UAS.

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