Drone Safety Day 2024 set for end of April

Drone Safety Day 2024, an event orchestrated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), could potentially be a fun day for drone pilots — and an excuse to think about drones a little more than you might normally do. Scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024, Drone Safety Day 2024 is a one-day, quasi-holiday invented by the FAA. The FAA intends for the national event to draw attention to drone safety, but really it’s just an excuse to get out and fly or discuss all things drones. 

This is the sixth consecutive year of Drone Safety Day 2024. That said, the 2024 edition is a pared-down version from prior iterations that lasted an entire week. The FAA began streamlining Drone Safety Day to a single day back in 2022., which has stuck over the past couple years. 

Though it’s hosted by the government, Drone Safety Day 2024 really only works thanks to the private companies and organizations nationwide that participate. Those are the groups that put on the day’s live events — which in turn magnify the FAA’s promotional campaign.

In exchange for their efforts to put on events (many of which are free), participating businesses, schools, and various organizations can use Drone Safety Day 2024 as a big marketing and outreach opportunity.

Live, in-person events for drone safety day 2024

For Drone Safety Day 2024, organizers have already planned more than a dozen events nationwide, and more will likely be added. These gatherings are varied, ranging from educational panels on drone law and policy to more relaxed and fun fly-ins, reflecting the diverse interests within the drone community. 

Various organizations, including colleges and local AUVSI chapters, host the events. For now, there are more than a dozen events happening around the nation, and in Puerto Rico. Beyond strictly drone safety oriented events, activities you might participate in include an aerospace career day in Minnesota and a Family Fun Fest coordinated by the National Center for Autonomous Technologies held in Maryland.

See a full list of the Drone Safety Day 2024 events here

No events in your area? Why not host your own? To have your event added to the FAA’s map on the official FAA Drone Safety Day page, submit it here

And if you aren’t quite sure what to do, the FAA recommends hosting activities including live drone demonstrations, TRUST, or Part 107 Test Prep course, or general fly-ins or get-togethers.

The FAA has not forgotten about individuals who prefer or need to stay home. Visit theDrone@Home Activity page, which is primarily aimed at engaging children in STEM education through drone-related activities.

Highlights of Drone Safety Day 2024

Drone Safety Day was previously National Drone Safety Awareness Week. And, it’s recognized for its themes and acronyms, courtesy of the FAA’s marketing team. This year continues the tradition, bringing back the “Fly RIGHT” theme.

The FAA encourages participants to use the hashtag #DroneSafetyDay to share their experiences. Also, we here at The Drone Girl would love to see your posts too, so don’t forget to tag us @thedronegirl on Instagram. 

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