After launching the Knowledge Quiz for drone pilots in the U.S. and U.K. last year, DJI introduced the quiz in Australia and that is a good thing. Many hobbyist drone pilots do not have a sufficient level of understanding of the rules and regulations that apply as soon as they launch their unmanned aerial vehicles into the air. The lack of understanding is supported by the recent FAA ASSURE study that pointed out the importance of education and safety regulation for drones and drone pilots. It was also painfully made clear when the drone pilot who flew his Phantom 4 into an Army helicopter over Staten Island showed only a “general cursory awareness of regulations and good operating practices.” There are only a handful of really important rules that one needs to understand before flying a drone. Please take the time to learn the rules that apply in the country in which you are flying your drone. It will go a long way to increase the safety of people onboard manned aircraft and it will keep you out of trouble.
The rules that apply to drone pilots differ from country to country. For the U.S. you can find them here.
Here’s DJI’s official press release
DJI Introduces Knowledge Quiz for Drone Pilots in Australia
Quiz Reinforces DJI’s Long Commitment To Improving Drone Safety And Promoting Safer Skies
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is introducing a knowledge quiz this Wednesday for pilots operating DJI drones in the Australian airspace.
The DJI Knowledge Quiz will require pilots to answer a series of basic questions correctly about safe drone use before their next flight. The quiz is based on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) rules and regulations, and is the company’s latest effort to help drone users learn and demonstrate understanding of some basic safety rules before taking their drones to the skies.
“As drones become more portable, intelligent and accessible, we expect to see more enthusiasts using this technology at home, on their travels and as a complementary tool for their work,” said Adam Welsh, Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy at DJI. “The majority of pilots fly safely and responsibly but DJI has taken this step so that new drone pilots have an opportunity to learn and understand some simple safety rules as part of their first flying experience.”
Starting tomorrow, pilots connecting their aircraft to the DJI GO or DJI GO 4 app will be presented with nine questions and must correctly answer all of them in order to be able to fly. Pilots can continue answering questions until they successfully pass the DJI Knowledge Quiz. Overseas users will also be prompted to take the quiz when they connect to DJI’s flight apps in Australia.
“CASA welcomes the release of the DJI Knowledge Quiz,” said Luke Gumley, Branch Manager, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems at CASA. “It will help new DJI drone owners understand the recreational drone rules in Australia. CASA supports efforts by manufacturers like DJI that develop innovative solutions such as the Knowledge Quiz, and assist drone owners to know their responsibilities as a recreational drone pilot and how to operate their drone safely.”
DJI first launched the knowledge quiz in the United States, followed by the United Kingdom last year, with support from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The knowledge quiz will be expanded to other countries in the near future, with questions customised to be aligned with each country’s local rules and guidelines.
This is the latest step in DJI’s commitment to improving drone safety with technological and educational solutions.
In 2014, DJI pioneered geofencing systems for its drones, using GPS position to warn or restrict drone pilots from entering locations which pose national security or aviation safety concerns. DJI has also built intelligent flight features and technologies that enhance safe operation of DJI drones including:
- Automatic altitude limitations built into its flight control apps to help pilots ensure they fly at safe altitudes.
Sense-and-avoid technology which uses sensors to identify obstacles and either stop short of them or navigate around them.
- Return-to-home features which automatically guide a drone back to its takeoff point if it is low on battery or loses connection.
- Intelligent Battery systems to manage battery life and monitor temperature in real time, maintaining battery health and warn of potential battery malfunctions before and during flight.
- DJI has implemented the aviation industry standard ADS-B traffic awareness technology by installing receivers in its M200 series drones, giving drone pilots advance warning of nearby traditional aircraft equipped with ADS-B transmitters.
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