Drone Threat Increases

Drone sightings by pilots in the US have rocketed this year, the FAA has said.

Drone sightings by pilots in the US have rocketed this year, the FAA has said. In the year to August there have been 650 reports of drones near manned aircraft, compared with just 238 in all of 2014. Pilots flying as high as 10,000ft have spotted drones, while some of the most worrying near-encounters have occurred with passenger aircraft on final approach. It is forbidden to fly drones higher than 500ft or within five miles of an airport without permission from ATC.

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