Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FAA documents show drones over U.S. pose huge safety risk

Drone Hunt
"The documents, received by CIR through the Freedom of Information Act, discuss at length the fact that drones do not have sophisticated collision-avoidance systems and pose more of a threat to other aircraft because their pilots are on the ground with limited visual contact.

Experienced California mechanic and pilot Mel Beckman, tells CIR that drone aircraft are problematic because pilots are required to “see and avoid,” – in other words, literally keep an eye out for other aircraft.

“There’s no way for a drone pilot to do that,” Beckman said. “He’s on the ground, and he’s looking through a small aperture. Yes, the camera can swivel a little bit, but it’s nothing like the panoramic view the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) envisioned when they expected pilots to maintain their own visual surveillance.”

“There’s a big disconnect between ground pilots and the aircraft they’re flying,” pilot Beckman said. “The regulations currently don’t accommodate that.”

With 30,000 drones expected to fill U.S. skies by 2020, and the fact that some college kids proved that it only takes $1,000 worth of hardware to hack these things, maybe it's time to reassess the situation? 110 potential drone bases exist on the books in the US. No time has been wasted in the implementation of these craft. A dedication:

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