National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AirMap among Several New Supporters of “Know Before You Fly”
Half a dozen new organizations commit to spreading the word about safe flying; campaign unveils new education tools on website
WASHINGTON — The Know Before You Fly campaign today announced a broad list of new supporters including the leading aviation labor union, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and AirMap, a new application created by UAS experts to help operators determine where they may fly safely. In addition, two of the foremost UAS training programs, FlySafe LLC and UAV Ground School, joined the campaign along with UAS distributors Atlanta Hobby and UAV Experts. The campaign also unveiled a number of new tools on its website to further help UAS operators educate themselves before taking to the skies.
“The safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System (NAS) is a top priority for NATCA,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “That is why NATCA proudly supports the Know Before You Fly campaign, a critical tool in ensuring UAS operators understand the rules and responsibility that come with operating an aircraft in the NAS.”
The campaign also integrated AirMap’s airspace map and information into its website. This mobile application was created by leading UAS experts Ben Marcus, who has decades of experience in aviation as a pilot and flight instructor, and Gregory McNeal, a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University where his research focuses on unmanned aircraft. AirMap provides UAS operators, manufacturers, and software developers with a live map of the national airspace that includes information about Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), a flyer’s distance from the nearest airport and other cautionary areas like heliports, power plants, and national parks.
In a recent Forbes column, Professor McNeal stated, “the Know Before You Fly campaign has worked hard to ensure that drone operators educate themselves before flying. But until today it was difficult for operators to act on the information the campaign provided — for example, reading aeronautical charts or searching for FAA flight restrictions is difficult. Today, that changed with the Know Before You Fly campaign’s integration of AirMap airspace information into a free live airspace chart.”
Additionally, the campaign added a new education video created by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) that outlines guidelines for how to fly safely and responsibly, and an interactive quiz, “Are you ready to fly a drone?,” which assesses an operator’s knowledge and helps teach basic flying guidelines to newcomers of the technology.