Drones : A Growing Problem for Airplanes

November 17, 2014 By Airline Ticket Centre

Drone are an increasing problem to aviation in the USA and around the world. According to reports US authorities are getting complaints almost everyday that drones are flying too near to airplanes or helicopters without permission.

15548547_sThese drones flying this close to airplanes can cause serious problems and even a crash if a drone collides with a planes or gets sucked into an engine.Small drones usually aren’t visible on radar to air traffic controllers, particularly if they’re made of plastic or other composites.Because of these potential dangers from drones, the operators are required to obtain permission from Federal Aviation Administration before flying them. But many drone operators ignore these guidelines to fly them without any permission and that too above permitted altitude, which is 400 feet and need remain insight of operators with a minimum distance of 5 miles from an airport.

According to an article on drones in online magazine Travel Industry Today, some recent reported incidents about drone are as below :

  • The pilots of a regional airliner flying at about 10,000 feet reported seeing at least one drone pass less than 500 feet above the plane moving slowly to the south toward Allegheny County Airport near Pittsburgh. The drone was described as black and grey with a thin body, about 5 feet to 6 feet long.
  • Air traffic controllers in Burbank, California, received a report from a helicopter pilot of a camera-equipped drone flying near the giant Hollywood sign.
  • Controllers at central Florida’s approach control facility received a report from the pilots of an Airbus A319 airliner that they had sighted a drone below the plane at about 11,000 feet and 15 miles west of Orlando. The drone was described as having a red vertical stabilizer and blue body. It wasn’t picked up on radar.
  • The pilots of a regional airliner reported spotting a drone 500 feet to 1,000 feet off the plane’s right side during a landing approach to runway 4 of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina. The drone was described as the size of a large bird.
  • A 5-foot-long drone with an attached camera crashed near Dallas Love Field in Texas. The wreckage was discovered by a worker at a factory near the airport. Police said they were looking for the operator.

The article further states that, “In some cases the FAA has “identified unsafe and unauthorized (drone) operations and contacted the individual operators to educate them about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws”,the agency said in a statement late Tuesday. The FAA also said rogue operators have been threatened with fines.”