Shoppers are being urged to look out for the drone safety advocate symbol when buying a drone this Christmas.
It’s part of a campaign to educate new drone flyers before they take to the skies.
The symbol has the words Know Your Drone Safety Advocate next to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority logo.
The black and yellow symbol gives shoppers confidence they’re purchasing a drone from a retailer or supplier who takes drone safety seriously.
Safety advocates are committed to playing a key role in drone safety education.
“Drone safety advocates have pledged to follow a specific set of guidelines when selling drones,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson says.
“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.”
There are 27 CASA-recognised drone safety advocates across the country, including manufacturers DJI and Zero-X and major retail outlets such as Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi and Ted’s Cameras.
“Drones are great fun, and by following the simple rules everyone can enjoy the air together,” Mr Gibson says.
Safety is important to JB Hi-Fi, one of the largest drone safety advocate retailers to sign up to the voluntary initiative.
“Safety is important to us at JB HiFi, so we are very proud to partner with CASA to provide the information required to safely fly a drone within Australian government guidelines, and to ensure that all current rules, regulations and flying zones are available to our customers,” managing director Cameron Trainor says.
Australia’s drone safety rules protect people, property and other aircraft.
Drone users should also