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Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Resolution in Support of “Know Before You Fly” Education Campaign

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Know Before You Fly, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), praises the passage by the Rhode Island General Assembly of H. 5134 and S. 367, which recognize the campaign as an official source of safety information for UAS operators in the Ocean State. The resolution, sponsored by Representatives Samuel Azzinaro, Christopher Millea, Joseph Shekarchi, Stephen Ucci and Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives and Senators Louis Dipalma, Cynthia Coyne, Walter Felag, Valarie Lawson and James Seveney in the Senate, 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.

“Increasingly, people across Rhode Island and the country are choosing to fly UAS, making it more important than ever that operators understand the guidelines and regulations they must follow to keep our skies safe,” said Rep. Ucci. “This resolution affirms our state’s commitment to safety and provides an official source of information for Rhode Islanders seeking to fly for their hobby or business.”

Know Before You Fly provides UAS users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. Over 170 associations, organizations and businesses from the manned and unmanned aviation communities support the campaign, including Amazon, Best Buy, DJI and Walmart.

“Know Before You Fly is part of our organization’s ongoing commitment to educate hobbyists and cultivate the growing interest in flying model aircraft and drones,” said Chad Budreau, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). “We hope that other states follow in Rhode Island’s footsteps and lend their support to this initiative, which works to put important safety information and flying tips in the hands of newcomers to the hobby.”

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). “Know Before You Fly provides legions of new flyers with the information they need to safely and responsibly take to the skies, and we are pleased the Rhode Island General Assembly supports us in this critical mission.”

The full text of the resolution can be found here.