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The State of Alaska Joins “Know Before You Fly”

WASHINGTON —The state of Alaska is the newest supporter of the Know Before You Fly campaign, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“Alaska is known for its vast land mass and few roads. Many of our communities are not on the road system and are only primarily accessible by air. Given these factors, it is quite realistic to assume that UAS will have a significant impact on Alaska, on our lives and our well-being,” Alaska Governor Bill Walker wrote in a letter to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). “As Alaska has a great history and appreciation of aviation, it is appropriate that it be the first state to offer support to the vital Know Before You Fly campaign.”

Know Before You Fly was created by AMA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The campaign was launched in December 2014 in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide UAS users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

“We are thrilled that Alaska has joined Know Before You Fly. Our organization has worked with Alaska policymakers throughout the years to educate the public about safety guidelines and best practices for recreational flyers,” said Bob Brown, president of AMA. “Alaska’s commitment to helping all UAS users fly safely aligns perfectly with the mission of Know Before You Fly and we look forward to continuing our work together.”

AUVSI President & CEO Brian Wynne added, “Alaska’s support of Know Before You Fly exemplifies how government and industry can work together to ensure the safety of our skies for all users – manned and unmanned.”

The state of Alaska joins 25 other supporters of Know Before You Fly, which include retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of UAS, as well as organizations representing the manned aviation community. For information, visit KnowBeforeYouFly.org or follow @FlyResponsibly on Twitter.