Within a span of six months, the FAA got 582 reports of drones running close to airplanes, helicopters, and airports. This was not something strange as there had been increase in the usage of domestic drones by private individual. This includes those who are using the sophisticated ”toy” for lawful recreational purposes and those employing to enhance the course of their business.
Reckless drone flights surged “dramatically” last year, according to recent data from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The agency published a streamlined list of unpiloted airplane spotting from pilots, citizens, and law enforcement, indicating that drone owners are increasingly failing to adhere to the rules.
Within the months of August 2015 and January 2016, the FAA received 582 reports of unpiloted airplanes operating near airplanes, helicopters, and airports—not only perilous, but unlawful.
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Added to the 764 such reports the agency received of from November 2014 to August 2015. In whole, the FAA said it now receives of more than 100 drone incident reports every month.
“We have a number of educational initiatives with our government and industry partners to teach drone operators how to fly safely, including the drone registry we launched last December,” FAA Director Michael Huerta said in a statement. “But enforcement goes hand-in-hand with education, and we will take action against anyone who operates irresponsibly to the full extent of the law.”
Drone owners can, and should, install the FAA’s B4UFLY app, which gives you an idea if there are any inhibitions or must-have where you want to fly. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
In the meantime, under the FAA’s recent drone enrollment rules, all owners of small UAVs (weighing between 0.5 and 55 pounds) must enroll their pioneer flight outdoors. Pilots ages 13 and older can enroll online via a new Web-based system. Since the rules went into effect, an additional 406,000 people have enrolled, according to the FAA.
The agency is urging the general populace to report unsanctioned drone flights to local law enforcement to assist in discouraging the illegal practice.
Unlicensed operators may face “stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time,” the FAA warned. The agency has imposed civil penalties for a number of unapproved flights in different parts of the country, and said it has “many” open law enforcement cases.
It is only a matter of time before the drone industry and its domestic usage witnesses a drastic change of policy towards it. As this has become imperative with issues arising as regards to the use of drones. Already in the United States the FAA can be seen towing that path. Although some of the policies that might be enunciated may stifle lawful business or infringe on civil liberties of individual in the end, it is all for the good of the general populace.