DRONE DANGER!

by camtsblog

Drone near miss reported:

A near miss with a drone – Geisinger Life Flight – one of the CAMTS accredited services in Pennsylvania as described by the pilot.

59BE7EDC9786471746CC6550CD578057_787_442 Last evening while on route to Zerby for Hershey to refuel a drone was encountered – the details are as follows:

 At 1635 SkyTrac had us at 40 40.58  076 22.22 which is located in Schuylkill County, Foster Township 2.06 Miles Southeast of J.Zerbe Airport.  Our altitude at this time was 2398 MSL (on a descent from 4000msl) heading 030 degrees at 121knots. I had just made my second CTAF call to Zerby when the crew member in the copilot seat yelled watch out.  At the same moment I witnessed an object approaching the aircraft at a very high rate of speed.  The drone was at our altitude and 1230 -0100 clock position approximately 2-4 rotor discs away, I banked to the right to avoid collision.  The collision avoidance system did not pick the object up.

 In the event this happens to you, an Air Traffic Mandatory Occurrence Report must be submitted, just call pilot brief and they will take the details.

Safety Directors are getting regular reports on close calls.

It appears drones are here to stay so be careful!

Many other events are being reported:   

An NYPD helicopter 800 feet in the air had a near-miss with a drone as the cops searched for a missing teenage boy in Brooklyn.  According to the NY POST “The hovering gizmos have become increasingly popular in New York skies.” http://tinyurl.com/q7n9uj8

The Fiscal Times reports: “Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records.

Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, records show. Many close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting a new threat to aviation safety after decades of steady improvement in air travel.” http://tinyurl.com/obg6yqz

The Washington Post says “Close encounters on the rise as small drones gain in popularity” http://tinyurl.com/nuwn48q

Rotor News – rotor.org posted: http://tinyurl.com/qd4jhym

Pilots across the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months – some of which came within mere feet of hitting drones in flight, according to newly released data from the FAA.

The data reveals nearly 200 incident reports between February and November of this year, including several near misses with commercial airliners. The FAA says it receives approx. 25 reports per month from pilots who have seen drones or model aircraft flying near their aircraft. While most of the reports suggest the incidents were not threatening enough to force pilots to take evasive action, one alarming report out of Cleveland, Ohio, describes a helicopter having to bank to avoid a quadcopter 50 feet away. Another medical helicopter was “almost struck” by a drone while taking off from a Las Vegas hospital.

The FAA is expected to issue regulations related to the operation of small drones by the end of the year, and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says his agency is working to regulate drones throughout the country to ensure the safety of all aircraft – a staged integration to possibly allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft, starting with lower-risk uses and then moving on to other applications.

The FAA can fine drone operators for flying unmanned vehicles in a reckless or careless manner, according to a recent ruling by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), representing a turnaround from an administrative law judge’s earlier decision that had represented an embarrassing setback for the aviation agency’s drone regulation efforts.