The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recently announced its support of the new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) safety campaign, ‘Know Before You Fly,’ during the 2015 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo.
Oshkosh, Wis.-based EAA comprises 185,000 members and 1,000 local chapters of aviation enthusiasts. The Consumer Electronics Association also recently signed on as a supporter of the campaign.
The effort is being spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), AMA and the Small UAV Coalition, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration. Their plan is to team up with manufacturers and distributors to inform consumers and businesses about what they need to know before taking to the skies.
“There are tremendous opportunities to discover flight within the unmanned aircraft community, and we welcome initiatives that emphasize the responsibility that comes with this freedom,” says Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety.
“EAA has always maintained that education is more effective than regulation, and the ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign is a great step toward ensuring that this new technology does not disrupt the vibrant aviation activity already in place in America,” he adds.
The campaign includes a website, educational video, point-of-sale materials, and a digital and social media campaign to ensure that prospective operators have the information and guidance on what they need to know before they fly a UAS.