FAA campaign reminds new drone owners to fly safely

By Patrick C. Miller | December 06, 2018

Just in time for the holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created “Buzzy the Drone” to help new drone owners learn the do’s and don'ts of being safe and responsible pilots.

“Too many times, we at the FAA hear sad stories about what happens when inexperienced flyers take their drone out for its first flight,” the FAA said in a news release announcing Buzzy. “Sometimes a nasty tree will jump right into your flight path. All too often, the drone gets scared and flies away if you let it out of your sight. And upset neighbors may knock on your door if you fly over their backyard while they’re outside.”

The agency describes Buzzy as “a whimsical four-rotor drone” that can help new drone pilots learn the basic rules of non-commercial flying. The character uses rhymes to convey important safety tips, such as, “When Buzzy goes out for a flight, the number-one rule Is keep Buzzy in sight.”

Buzzy’s adventures are available on FAA social media, including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The messages conveyed are part of the agency’s continuing efforts to ensure that drone operators follow the rules of safe flying.

For more information on the FAA’s regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), visit the agency’s unmanned aircraft website.