As pretty much every annual drone event made the pivot from IRL to virtual this year, here’s one that didn’t have to change much: the second annual FAA Drone Safety Week.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s second annual National Drone Safety Awareness Week is essentially one giant virtual campaign designed to highlight a range of drone safety educational topics. The second annual FAA Drone Safety Week is set for Nov. 16 to 22, 2020.
Last year’s inaugural FAA National Drone Safety Awareness Week was also primarily a virtual event (though they did encourage local flying clubs, racing teams, big companies and small startups to host their own in-person meetups and events). Similarly, this year, the FAA is encouraging those same stakeholders to host their own events, albeit virtually. The FAA’s UAS safety team is also hosting its own set of virtual events. Thus, the show will go on in 2020 largely as planned.
Each day of the week highlights a different drone safety theme. They are:
Monday: LEARN – What do you need to know before you fly?
Tuesday: IMPROVE – How can you improve your flying skills?
Wednesday: PASSION TO PROFESSION – How to go from recreational flyer to commercial drone pilot.
Thursday: START A PROGRAM – Learn about starting a public safety program.
Friday: IN THE CLASSROOM – How can you use drones in STEM education?
Saturday and Sunday: HAVING FUN – Why do you fly?
This year, the FAA has made an extra attempt to involve kids (perhaps because more kids than ever are bored at home, and Zoom school doesn’t cut it). While there are already a number of drone education resources for kids, the FAA has also developed its own, such as a drone scavenger hunt (PDF) and a guide to learning about wind speed by making an anemometer (PDF).
The second annual FAA Drone Safety Week expands upon the FAA’s family of safety campaigns, such as the Know Before You Fly campaign which was created jointly by AUVSI, the FAA and the AMA that primarily consists of a set of maps that help users know if they can fly their drone in a certain area. And, there’s Buzzy, a cartoon drone mascot who shares “simple but effective rhymes” to convey important safety tips.
The FAA asks dronies who are active on social media to post content related to safety week using #DroneWeek. Tune in to the FAA’s official events here.