National Drone Safety Awareness Week
Image Credit: the Federal Aviation Administration
Safety is incredibly important when talking about drones. Drones are steadily being integrated into more aspects of everyday society, and with that comes new safety concerns. If you stay up to date with the Federal Aviation Administration's website (FAA), you can see that regulations regarding the safety of pilots and bystanders are often discussed and adapted as things change.
It may not always be fun and exciting, but it’s important to take the safety of yourself and others seriously, especially when flying objects are brought into the mix. To drive this point home, the FAA launched their own drone safety week. Last week (November 4-10, 2019) was the FAA’s first National Drone Safety Awareness Week.
Image Credit: Know Before You Fly
For this weeklong event, the FAA partnered with the Know Before You Fly educational campaign and the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, which hosts the Voluntary Tracking Tool (VTT) where pilots can share their flight plans. Also, Drone Safety Week incorporated a fun feature: a daily focus.
“Key sectors have a specific day of the week to focus on an area of interest or expertise:
Monday: Public Safety and Security
Tuesday: Business – Photography, Real Estate, Insurance
Wednesday: Business – Infrastructure and Agriculture
Thursday: Business – Commercial and Medical Package Delivery
Friday: Education and STEM
Saturday and Sunday: Recreational Flyers"
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In the realm of social media, those celebrating Drone Safety Week were asked to use the hashtag #DroneWeek to share their safety stories. Check out the #DroneWeek tag to see how people in the drone world have been putting safety into practice.
If you want to see even more safety information from the FAA, they also have a YouTube playlist that you can check out here.
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