The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the world’s largest model aviation association, recently released the following statement in response to the FAA’s announcement of the B4UFLY mobile app for unmanned aircraft users, which took place today at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015.
“The FAA’s app will be a valuable tool to help make it easier for recreational unmanned aircraft enthusiasts to operate their aircraft in a safe and responsible manner. Much like our ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign, this app demonstrates that education is the best way to ensure the safe use of this technology. AMA looks forward to working with the FAA to test and improve this application to make it the most valuable tool possible for all users of unmanned aircraft”
In addition, at least 100 AMA members will be assisting the FAA with beta-testing for the new app this summer.
In December, AMA, AUVSI and the Small UAV Coalition launched the Know Before You Fly campaign. The FAA also joined as a partner. The campaign is educating consumers and business users about the safe and responsible operation of UAS, including who can currently fly, where they can fly and for what purposes. More information can be found at KnowBeforeYouFly.org.