Drone manufacturer DJI has introduced a “knowledge quiz” intended to promote safety among Australian operators of its aircraft.
When drone operators connect their aircraft to one of two apps — DJI GO or DJI GO 4 — they will be asked to answer nine questions related to Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules and regulations. All nine questions must be answered correctly before they can fly their drones, DJI said, adding that pilots “can continue answering questions until they successfully pass the DJI Knowledge Quiz.”
Adam Welsh, head of Asia Pacific public policy at DJI, said that, “as drones become more portable, intelligent and accessible, we expect to see more enthusiasts using this technology at home, on their travels and as a complementary tool for their work. The majority of pilots fly safely and responsibly, but DJI has taken this step so that new drone pilots have an opportunity to learn and understand some simple safety rules as part of their first flying experience.”
Before this week’s introduction of the quiz in Australia, DJI introduced a similar knowledge quiz last year in the U.K. and, before that, in the United States. Plans call for additional versions to be introduced in other countries.
Luke Gumley, CASA branch manager for remotely piloted aircraft systems, said the DJI effort will help new drone users understand the country’s recreational drone rules. He characterized the quiz as an innovative solution that will help drone operators “know their responsibilities as a recreational drone pilot and how to operate their drone safely.”