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Drone missed Heathrow-bound 787's engine by 10ft

UK investigators have disclosed that an unmanned aerial vehicle was flown within 10ft of a Boeing 787 on approach to London Heathrow. ( More...

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There are far too many people who purchase drones that do not take the warnings and rules seriously. And I think that further education on the part of the manufacturers and retailers is in order regarding the restrictions that exist for their aircraft.

In addition, I believe that all drones which can attain 200 feet or better, should be registered, and small transponders installed on the device ( am not sure the power consumption involved to give other aircraft sufficient warning).

Then again, there is a growing segment of Society which thinks their actions have no consequences, that the rules are for everyone else. Repeatedly, we hear the mantra of that segment, "I am not hurting anyone".
Cansojr 1
Excellent argument Kenneth. You are right because these people don't believe that their irresponsibility has no consequences for other innocent partys. This wouldn't hurt a soul crowd. Or I really didn't mean to kill all those people, I mean look how small the hoverdraft is. Who would imagine this could bring an aircraft down. Remember what geese did to that US Airways A-320. There are no good excuses for this situation.
Cansojr 4
Clearly the Regulators of all things that fly must pass on directives where and how these aerial vehicles must be licensed and banned from operating near all busy International Airports. A collision would be catastrophic. Remember what geese did to Captain Sullenbergers A-320.
belzybob 3
Laws already exist. The issue is how do they police the laws.
william baker 2
We need law police to police the laws. Lol
Cansojr 1
Force them to use a specially coded transponder to enable ATC to keep track of these hovercraft near busy International Airports and give a provided warning when necessary.
Well unfortunately, nothing was really put in place as to how it can be prevented in the first place, nor is there much of anything about actually carrying out policing of such.
belzybob 0
Of course there is the huge question as to how they identified it was a drone in the first place.I have a hard job identifying aircraft seperated by 1000 foot levels when they are nose to nose at cruising speeds.

Was it a drone or a bird?
moleman 3
Most drones that could operate at that kind of range from the controller have software locked altitudes which would make it impossible for them to achieve anything like that height. The problem is not with the average Joe that buys a drone for a bit of fun, but some seriously determined individuals.
patrick baker 3
the time to properly and legally protect vulnerable airliners on approach to landings has past, and we need to remind emphatically the obvious lacking enforcement folks to get on the stick and protect, and to arrest, try, convict and imprison a few folks who disregard the safety of others , both in the air and on the ground. far too many of these occurences have happened.
Steve Pearce 2
A few years ago there was a 'controlled' plane crash in the desert somewhere, principally for research but also masquerading as entertainment. So far, all these reports have been 'it could be catastrophic' etc., but thats all opinion.

I do wonder therefore whether someone needs to test this - a plane flying at approach speed, hitting a reasonable size drone at, say, 3000ft, and seeing what happens. The plane will either survive (which might not be helpful), or spiral down into a crash.

If the latter, not only will there be some learning opportunities, there will also be a pretty effective video to splash all over the news showing the dangers - in the same vein as those videos showing the results of not wearing a seat belt, etc.
No way Law can take action easily.. A Jamming signal might help? But why the drone not get sucked into Engine when it's so close?


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