FAA Investigates New Drone Incidents

Another round of irresponsible drone incidents were reported and are being investigated by the FAA.

The FAA was alerted to two drones operating over the 59th Street Bridge, also known as the Queensboro Bridge, at approximately 500 feet Thursday afternoon. The report was made by a helicopter pilot. Federal officials are also investigating other incidents after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached Kennedy Airport this week. Read more here:

It will be recalled that on September, the FAA also looked into a similar incident that involved an unauthorized drone flight by a UT student who flew his drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. The flight took place during the home opener for the Texas Longhorns football team. The flight is the type of seemingly harmless, yet actually irresponsible behavior that irks many drone enthusiasts. Experienced operators realize that a malfunction or mistake here could have landed the drone on the playing field or in the stands — jeopardizing fan safety or disrupting the game, a Forbes article reported.

Serious drone users must indeed be upset about such risky incidents, as this may unduly affect them too. FAA only allows for recreational use of drones, but many drone operators see the benefit of using drones in their businesses, such as those in the aerial photography services and are still awaiting approval from the government agency for such commercial drone use. Real estate marketers and wedding photographers are among the enthusiastic promoters of drone photography services.

Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition, a drone advocacy group, denounced any user flying a drone so high and so close to a major airport. “We need to ferret out bad actors and that’s going to be something that is incumbent on the entire industry to take on,” he said.  See more here:

James Davis, publisher of The Droneologist, reiterates his stance on responsible, safe use of drones. “Responsible drone piloting should always rule the day; those incapable of handling drones safely should not be allowed to get in the way of more skilled, responsible drone operations.”

 

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