Buzzy The Drone Leads FAA Kids Campaign
Children haven’t traditionally been the target of FAA compliance efforts but Buzzy the Drone will lead the agency into the holiday drone-giving season to keep kids from flying their new treasures where they shouldn’t be. The agency rolled out a YouTube video earlier this week featuring the cheerful cartoon creation with the somewhat daunting task of teaching kids the regs regarding drones. “Too many times, we at the FAA hear sad stories about what happens when inexperienced flyers take their drone out for its first flight,” the agency softly explains in its introduction to the initiative. It will produce a series of fast-moving animated shorts that use catchy rhymes to address the worst of drone pilot behavior. The first reminds young pilots that “When Buzzy goes out for a flight, the number one rule is keep Buzzy in sight.”
The agency hinted at what’s to come in its announcement. “Sometimes a nasty tree will jump right into your flight path. All too often, the drone gets scared and flies away if you let it out of your sight,” the announcement says. “And upset neighbors may knock on your door if you fly over their backyard while they’re outside.” The video also encourages kids to visit the FAA’s unmanned aircraft website for more drone safety tips.