Key PointsLet’s take a look at what we know about the general knowledge quiz so far.
- The general knowledge quiz is a set of eight questions, all of which will have to be answered correctly before the pilot is able to fly their drone. The drone will be grounded until this is complete
- If a pilot is unsuccessful, they will be able to retake the quiz with a set of new questions. There’s no limit to the number of times the quiz can be taken and no mention of any time limits
- Questions are expected to be based around the Drone Code and general laws pertaining to drone use and UK Airspace
- Pilots are only required to take the test once, however, following firmware or regulation updates, a new test may be required
- Earlier this year, DJI launched a general knowledge quiz in the US based on the FAA regulations
- The use of general knowledge quizzes form DJI is expected to be expanded to other countries in the near future
- The implementation of the quiz has the backing of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems UK (ARPAS-UK) as it will promote safer and more responsible drone flight
Current UK Drone RulesQuestions included in the general knowledge quiz are likely going to related to the following UK drone regulations. The current regulations are as follows:
- You must fly your drone within your visual line of sight
- Always fly your drone lower than 400ft (121m) and within 1640ft (500m)
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your individual aircraft
- Never fly within 150ft (50m) of a person, vehicle, or construction that’s not controlled by the pilot
- Always stay at least 500ft (150m) away from built up or congested areas. Never fly above them
- Don’t fly close to other aircraft, airports and airfields
- Never fly recklessly or negligently
- Always takeoff or land at least 100ft (30m) away from a person
- Only fly in permitted UK airspace
- Do not takeoff or land on private land without the permission of the landowner
- Adhere to land permissions and local bylaws
- Never cause or permit an object to fall from your aircraft
- Only fly if you’re reasonably satisfied you can do so safely
- Legal responsibility is with the pilot
SummaryThe release of the UK general knowledge quiz is a positive move for DJI in promoting safe drone flight in the UK. Ensuring pilots are aware of the rules and regulations before flight will help increase drone safety in the UK, especially before new pilots take to the skies after Christmas. With the changes to rules and regulations expected in the UK, it’s clear that everyone must work together to ensure all pilots are flying responsibly and without incident. Heliguy are a CAA approved NQE for commercial drone training dedicated to promoting safe drone flight.
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