What a Recent Drone Study Reveals about Close Encounters

One bothering issue on drones, as far their opponents are concerned, is the intrusion of these UAVs in no-fly zones, which have often led to near collisions with manned aircraft. A recent study reveals some data about such close encounters.

More than 300 incidents classified as “close encounters” occurred between drones and manned aircrafts in U.S. airspace over a period of less than two years, according to a new study. The report by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone, found that 327 incidents between December 2013 and September 2015 posed a “proximity danger” where an unmanned aircraft got within 500 feet of a plane, helicopter or other manned aircraft or when a pilot determined a drone was dangerously close. – Read more at:

In close encounters, pilots “maneuvered to avoid a collision with a drone” at least 28 times, the study says. Such encounters involved various aircraft, including passenger jets and helicopters.
“Our findings indicate that incidents largely occur in areas where manned air traffic density is high and where drone use is prohibited,” experts said in a statement. – Read more at:

“Some people just want to see how far they can go and how far they can take the drone,” Dan Gettinger, co-author of the report, told NPR. “And some people just want to see what it’s like to fly above the clouds.”
“The rate at which incidents were reported grew rapidly over the period covered by our database,” according to the study. – Read more at:

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As to the growing fight against drones, it takes a drone to catch another drone, in Tokyo that is, according to a report. Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) this week unveiled its new fleet of anti-drone crafts. Police are calling the devices “interceptor drones,” and they’re designed to literally snatch other drones right out of the sky. How do they accomplish this feat in mid-air? These new high-tech aircraft employ a surprisingly low-tech solution: Nets. – Read more at:

Incidents of erring drone flights are also a big headache for more serious drone enthusiasts, many of whom are members of meetup groups such as the NYCDUG. For most of them, drones are awesome tools for taking great aerial photos and videos for personal fun; while others use drones for providing fabulous drone photography services, among many other useful drone applications. Drones are also used in STEM education, for search-and-rescue, agriculture, and prototypes are being developed by Amazon for drones that will deliver goods.

James Davis, publisher of The Droneologist, says that erring drone pilots, not drones, are responsible for the negative perception people have about drones. “Drones do not cause accidents; reckless, irresponsible drone pilots do.” They are stalling the progress of the developing drone industry that should by all means allow to soar full speed to realize its promising huge economic benefits.


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