First-time flying fathers

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is urging shoppers to be on the lookout for the Know Your Drone Safety Advocate symbol when buying a drone for dad this Father’s Day.

This symbol means a drone is being purchased from a CASA-recognised supplier who takes drone safety seriously.

Drone manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, such as DJI, Zero X, JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks, are among 20 advocates who have signed up to the national voluntary initiative-playing a key role in drone safety education.

“This program is a voluntary joint initiative between CASA, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson says.

“Drone safety advocates have pledged to follow a specific set of guidelines when selling drones.”

“The guidelines ensure they are providing consumers with important safety information on when, where, and how they can use their drone safely-and stay within the law.”

“With more drones in the sky, it’s important everyone understands the rules that keep us safe from the first time a new drone takes to the skies.”

Australia’s drone safety rules have been in effect since 2002 and are designed to protect people, property and other aircraft.

The drone safety rules, an interactive quiz and a complete list of drone safety advocates are available online at www.knowyourdrone.gov.au

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