DJI, one of the world’s leaders in civilian and commercial drones and aerial imaging technology, is introducing a knowledge quiz for all pilots who are operating drones in UK airspace.
The test, which is expected to roll out across the nation tomorrow, comes prior to Government plans to introduce a safety awareness test for drone users in 2018.
A recent survey carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that 27% of those planning to buy a drone over the Christmas period are unaware of the rules surrounding their usage in the UK and commented on the potential implication of unsafe recreational users on the commercial sector.
The new DJI Knowledge Quiz will require drone pilots in the UK to correctly answer a series of basic questions about safe drone use before their first flights.
“The vast majority of drone pilots fly safely and responsibly, but with drone usage bound to increase substantially in the coming years, new enthusiasts will use our technology”, said Christian Struwe, head of European public policy at DJI.
“Governments, aviation authorities and drone manufacturers agree that we need to work together to ensure that all drone pilots know basic safety rules.”
Tim Johnson, policy director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, added: “Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe. We welcome any initiative that reinforces the importance of safe and responsible drone use.”
All DJI pilots will be presented with a list of eight questions and must correctly answer all of them in order to be able to fly. Pilots can continue answering new questions until they successfully pass the DJI Knowledge Quiz.
DJI launched the quiz in the United States earlier this year backed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It will be expanded to other countries in the near future, using questions customised for each country’s rules and guidelines.