DJI and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) announced today
a joint drone safety and training program. According to DJI, the program will promote safe drone operations, train public safety officers to use drones in effective ways, and support educational outreach.
The AMA has over 195,000 members and certainly isn’t new to educating both the general public and hobbyists about drones ― in November 2015, the academy launched a drone safety campaign
with astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson. (Not to be confused with Marke “Hoot” Gibson, who’s the the FAA’s senior advisor on UAS integration, as they are indeed different people. Don't believe me? Watch this
.) Through this partnership, DJI will help promote the AMA’s existing Public Safety course
, which provides drone training to public safety officers.
As the world’s leading consumer drone manufacturer, DJI’s push to educate its customers about safe operations might come as a relief to many in the industry. (And DJI must have safety concerns on its mind — just last week, it launched new prop guards and prop cages
for its portable Mavic Pro drone.)
“By working with the AMA, we are encouraging safe operations by our pilots who are looking to progress in the hobby and to reach new audiences through this partnership,” said Ryan Tong, general manager of DJI’s San Francisco office, in a news release. “Recreational and educational operations are a key source of innovation in technology, and model aviation in particular inspires many to pursue careers in sciences, robotics, aviation, and beyond.”
The two organizations will also create a shared AMA membership.
“As a Life Member of AMA, I know first-hand the value of its community engagement and educational programming,” said Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI, in a news release. “I am excited for DJI to bring the latest in technology to AMA's membership, and to work together to preserve the freedom to operate model aircraft for recreational and educational purposes.”