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August 12- Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by August 9 of this year. The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) today released a detailed analysis of the
FAA’s drone data. A close examination of the 764 records, which the agency publicly released on August
21, reveals a more complex picture of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity in the United States
than initial headlines suggested. There are military crashes and a UFO sighting in the data. Only a
fraction of the records were legitimately reported “close calls” and “near misses.” Some didn’t involve
drones at all.
“Without a doubt, there are some records of ‘near misses’ that represent actual safety concerns, and
more needs to be done to address those,” said Dave Mathewson, executive director of AMA. “But our
analysis also found that the number of ‘near misses’ is substantially lower than the number that was
According to AMA’s analysis, about 3.5 percent (27 out of the 764 records) were identified with explicit
notations as a “near miss,” “near mid-air collision” or “NMAC”, an acronym that stands for Near Mid-Air
Collision. The records include instances of military UAS crashes and mishaps. There are also “sightings”
of public agencies and commercial operators that may be flying with or without authorization. Some of
the FAA’s records of “sightings” may be drones being operated responsibly pursuant to FAA guidelines,
while others may not even be drones at all.
Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by August 9 of this year.
Do you disagree?
The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal.
Then follow the rules. And stay out of my airspace unless invited.
Who knows anymore, but I don't want us "drone" operators to get a bad rap from someone else's lies...