DJI, AMA Team Up For Outreach Programs


The world’s largest manufacturer of drones and the biggest organization of remotely piloted aircraft operators have announced a joint venture to promote safe operation and expand opportunities for drone operators. DJI, which makes the popular Phantom series and other drones, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics will create programs aimed at boosting accessibility and affordability of personal drones, offer online support for pilots and develop youth programs steering young people toward aviation and technology careers. “Safe operations in the national airspace are of the upmost importance to the AMA,” said AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson. “This cooperative effort will further those safety efforts as we build educational programs for those planning to use DJI products…”

DJI said the partnership with AMA creates a mutually beneficial environment where safety, responsibility and new opportunities are nurtured. “Recreational and educational operations are a key source of innovation in technology, and model aviation in particular inspires many to pursue careers in sciences, robotics, aviation and beyond,” said DJI GM Ryan Tong. In addition to public outreach, the two will cooperate on promoting the AMA Public Safety course, which teaches public safety employees how to use drones in their work.