Washington, DC —  Are you one of the estimated 700,000 people who fly drones? The Federal Aviation Administration wants your help in distributing a recreational flyer knowledge and safety test to the widest audience possible.

They are looking for input from drone users (more properly called unmanned aerial vehicles) about the best way to make this test available. 

According to the FAA, “We love that the drone community is growing so quickly, and because drones can be flown straight out-of-the box, we need to make sure that drone pilots only take flight once they know the FAA’s aviation rules and safety practices.”

All drone flyers, even hobbyists, must register their drone with the FAA. Only those 13 and up can register.

Additionally, users should:

  • Fly your drone at or below 400 feet
  • Keep your drone within your line of sight
  • Be aware of FAA Airspace Restrictions
  • Respect privacy
  • Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  • Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people
  • Never fly near emergencies such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts
  • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Those interesting in offering suggestions can follow this link for instructions on how to submit them: https://faaco.faa.gov/index.cfm/announcement/view/34448

Ideas must be submitted by September 12, 2019.