The usage of drones is on the increase and many people warn that they are more dangerous than they look. Anyone, even a teenager could take a drone out to fly. However, many forget that drones are regarded in the same class as aircrafts so, in this light, there are actually a lot of teenage pilots now and humans control drones. These drones could crash into anyone anywhere, yet no one cares about the number of amateurs handling these dangerous devices. Drones have distance and height limits but most people do adhere to them. Recently there has been a large number of drone flyaways. They have become so common that they have become commonplace in YouTube and the internet as a whole.
Drones are considered the future of aviation and they are useful for both commercial and recreational purposes.
Instances of Problematic Drone Usage
Drone Collisions With Commercial Airplanes
There has been an ever increasing number of near collisions of drones and aircrafts. Birds are dangerous to aircrafts, nevermind drones, which can weigh several pounds heavier and move at dangerous speeds. The drones could shatter the windscreens of planes and hurt flight crew. They could even damage the airplane engines.
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Drones are not allowed near airports, but a lot of owners do not stick to regulations and it is very hard to keep track of the each drone to know who the offender is. It is believed that if suitable measures are not put into place, a plane crash resulting from a collision between a plane and a drone is bound to occur.
Drones have been involved in numerous flyaways that have been reported on the internet. The last videos recorded by the drones are usually uploaded online and are fast becoming a favorite of many. They have been recorded crashing into fields and highways, crashing into lakes and rivers or even smashing into buildings.
No one seems to care that flyaway drones could kill, but the reality is that even though they are fun to fly, they could hit pedestrians or even cause damage to landed properties.
Drone makers are working on solutions to flyaway drones, such as GPS tracking device. Drones are now being fitted with fly home mechanisms that could return them automatically to their origin point if there is any fault. Frank Wang, the owner of DJI, the largest drone makers in the world, last year told the New York Times that “We have to make something that cannot go wrong in any scenario.”
Some drones even have parachutes. But all these measures are not 100% guaranteed to work. ALPA’s David Reynolds says no technology is fail-safe and the risk of a flyaway causing damage or harm remains serious.
“Flyaways are a big issue,” he says
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided that at the moment the risks posed by flyaway drones aren’t much of a concern currently.
Drone Regulations and Fun Seekers
A lot of fun seekers are attracted to new technology and many don’t take proper precautions and regulations.
Skycam’s Tim Brooks believes the New Zealand drone regulations “are some of the best in the world. If you follow the guidelines…you can operate very safely.”
“Just like full-sized aircraft, just like driving a car: if you follow the rules, everything is good.”
On the other hand, there are some who believe that the regulations aren’t strict enough, as no one has been prosecuted yet for breaking a drone regulation.
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