NEWS

Louisiana House of Representatives Passes Resolution in Support of “Know Before You Fly” Education Campaign

BATON ROUGE, La. — Know Before You Fly, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), praises the passage of HR 111 by the Louisiana House of Representatives, which recognizes the campaign as an official source of safety information for UAS operators in the Bayou State. The resolution acknowledges the growing popularity of UAS for both recreational and commercial purposes and the importance of “easily accessible and freely available” safety information through the Know Before You Fly campaign.

“As drones become increasingly popular in Louisiana, it is important that operators are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to keep our skies safe for all,” said Rep. Raymond Crews, who sponsored the resolution. “This resolution demonstrates Louisiana’s commitment to safety and provides an official source of information for drone operators across the Pelican State.”

Know Before You Fly provides UAS users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. Over 180 associations, organizations and businesses from the manned and unmanned aviation communities support the campaign, including Amazon, Best Buy, DJI and Walmart.

“Louisiana is joining states across the nation in supporting Know Before You Fly, which puts important safety information and flying tips in the hands of newcomers to the hobby,” said Chad Budreau, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). “We are glad Louisiana recognizes the growing interest in flying model aircraft and drones and joins us in our mission to keep the skies safe.”

The campaign was created in 2014 by AMA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and launched in December 2014 in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“At the end of the day, the operator is responsible for the safety of an aircraft – whether it is manned or unmanned,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). “We are pleased that the Louisiana legislature supports Know Before You Fly and is committed to providing legions of new flyers with the information they need to safely and responsibly take to the skies.”

The full text of the resolution can be found here.