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Lufthansa Plane "Nearly Collides With Drone."

Discussion in 'News' started by Simon Torkington, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Simon Torkington

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  2. jon b

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    2500 feet up... Pretty high for your average quad no?
     
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    I was on the radio this morning doing an interview about this (not as the perpetrator, I'll have you know!). Media are really locking onto it. I made damn sure that the average hobbyist was defended as most are decent and responsible people.
     
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    Right now, in this very moment, somewhere in this world a careless driver puts other people in danger.
    With almost a hundred years of experience in auto motor sport, car crashes are still making victims every day on this earth. John Doe or Jules Bianchi, the power of the engine still kills people.
    A hundred years of legislation and efforts made to create a safer infrastracture for motorized vehicles. Still, people are killed, mainly because kamikaze drivers, just like this pilot.
    Others lose their live due to serious technical problems of their automobile, resulting in an uncontrolled "fly away" from the road.

    Sooner or later one pilot will screw big time. Beyond our imagination. The aircrafts are getting smarter, but the rapid growth of this industry and the increased market competition will create easy access to iresponsible people.
    Even in this moment, which is still an early phase of UAV industry, it's so easy to get up in the air, no matter who you are.
    No prior exam or license required, at least in most of the countries, no insurance, no medical exams etc.
    For the moment somehow the entire safety program of UAV industry relies mainly on the common sense of the pilot.
    Sorry, but that simply is not good enough.
    Some people have anything else except that.
    Hopefully sooner or later the amazing privilege to enjoy an aerial platform will be offered mainly to those who deserve it and will do some efforts to earn it.
    Flight schools are mandatory, and a license should be required for every pilot, even those flying for recreational purposes, not only commercial activities.
     
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    what is really frightening here is that the report is very vague, they have no clue what it was. it may be or may not be a drone.

    i see airlines pilots using drones to excuses issues on their side... "it was a drone" how many of the actual drone sighting by airliners have been proven?
     
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    Where have all the UFO's gone? Everything these guys see nowadays is a drone. Finally they can report something without getting fired :)
     
  7. Simon Torkington

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    Agreed 2,500ft is way, way beyond where any sane drone pilot would go. But not everybody is sensible. Having said that the Lufthansa pilots don't seem to know what they saw. And yes, so many people will have died as a result of motor accidents today...nobody was killed by a drone.
     
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    How in the world could this be proven?
     
  9. Luis Morales

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    if they going to be blaming everything they see on drones, i hope someone is looking into it.
     
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    This may have been little more than an escaped balloon. With that said, is there s national organization specifically for consumer drones? If not, why not? Member pilots could be guided by a set of objectives/guidelines/rules/pledge regarding proper conduct. Heck, have online courses (laws, safety, control, etc.) and award certifications for successful completion.

    My thought is that it could separate the "less informed" more reckless pilots from the rest of us.

    Just a thought
     
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    Here
     
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    Micro short range ADS-B transponders do exist for UAV's. That might be a decent way to retrofit into the existing system for avoidance.

    In terms of unregistered/non-commercial users encroaching on restricted air space, that's a tough nut to crack unless all manufacturers do what DJI has done and build in No-Fly zones.

    And even then, those geo fences must be accurate, coordinated and or controlled with federal aviation administrations around the world.

    And that we would take a common framework and format that all manufacturers could work with, where the FAA provides and keeps fresh the No-Fly zone data for its jurisdiction for example (and TFR areas as well if it could be updated in near real time) and UAV flight controllers check that data on takeoff / during flight.

    Perhaps DJI could make a proposal of its own, starting with the FAA, to enact such a working framework, such that the Pilot app, for example, downloads the latest No-Fly zone / TFR data and updates the aircraft. If the data is more than say N days old, the aircraft is grounded.