The Know Before You Fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety campaign has announced 35 new supporters, including Virginia Tech, home of one of the six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites.
Know Before You Fly was launched in December 2014 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the FAA to provide newcomers to UAS with basic safety information. With the addition of Virginia Tech, there are now more than 80 retailers, manufacturers and distributors of UAS, as well as organizations representing the manned aviation community, helping to promote the campaign.
The other latest Know Before You Fly supporters are ADERYS; Aerial Agriculture Inc.; Agrible; AirDog; Argonne National Laboratory; Autel Robotics USA; B4UDrone; Dart Drones; The Drone Co.; Eagle Eye Dynamics; Empty Flask Games; FreeSkies Inc.; GeorgiaDronez.com; Long Island Drone Media; MAVINCI; the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership; MOTA; the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University; Omadatech LLC; the Retail Industry Leaders Association; Skybot Challenge; SkyDrones USA; SkyGen Aviation; Straight Up Imaging; Tech3; UAV Coach; United Pilot Services; Unmanned Systems Source; Unmanned Vehicle University; Unreal Drones; Viva Media Group; Vertical Partners West; the World Drone Organization; and Yovem.
“We are pleased to have the support of Virginia Tech, a leader in UAS research and development, and the many other organizations representing UAS training programs, manufacturers and research institutions,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Their commitment to Know Before You Fly is important for spreading the message about safe and responsible flying.”
Bob Brown, president of AMA, adds, “We look forward to working with Virginia Tech and many other organizations on UAS safety education as they continue to make great strides to develop new and safe ways to implement UAS technology in everyday use.”