So how big can the threat be and to what extent drones can pose a threat to the air travels or the manned aircrafts? Well, Drones are Extremely Dangerous To Other Air Crafts.
About 1.3 million drones are now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which had gone up from about 470,000 in 2016 when drone registration was first required, with this number we all can see that there are more drones in the air than there were before. Even though a very small percentage of drones are being operated for commercial purposes by the FAA certified remote pilots, a majority of these drones are operated by the hobbyists for the purpose of fun and recreation. Both commercial and the hobbyist pilots are required to follow a set of rules governed by their area. A test is also carried out after which you are given your license if you are flying for a commercial pilot. Different drone manufacturers also include a guideline book when you are purchasing their drone for user’s ease. DJI has a special test that you have to pass before taking your first flight.
Many drones have certain softwares incorporated in them, check here, which prevent them from flying in areas that they are not allowed to. Most companies like DJI and other use the “geofence” system which gives alerts to pilots when they are in a geofenced zone, sometimes, your drone will not even fly if it is in a geofenced zone. However, even with all the safety cautions a recent study showed that 7% of drone flights tracked that exceeded 400 feet, and 21% of flights exceeded the recommended maximum altitude.
Even though many aircrafts have detection systems besides the pilots using their eyes, detecting things from up above cannot be accurately done. Many aircrafts also have special systems to deal with objects of up to 8 lbs. since damage greatly depends upon the size and weight of the object. A larger drone can badly damage aircrafts in variable ways and at different angles, but the worst extent in which drones can pose a threat to the air travels would be at 90 degrees when the aircrafts are moving at high speeds. Another good news is that most drone’s weight to 10kgs which means that in unfortunate cases, it can be dealt with however, the amount of impact caused by a bird (up to 8 kgs) and that of a drone (up to 8 kgs) may be different. The best option in this case would be to stay away from drones.
Even though drones pose a threat with their increased number up in the air, we also cannot deny the number of benefits we get from them. How can we further prevent the risk of danger? It is by gathering as much data as we can to know where drones are operating, how they are being used and the extent of damage that happens when you hit them. Only with more and more can we figure things out and understand drones so we can take as much safety measures as we can to prevent mishaps.
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