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The Risks of Drones to the Aviation Industry

Stories about drones are all over the news these days, and consumer drone sales are skyrocketing. The public is seemingly fascinated with the technology and does not show any signs of losing interest anytime soon. The skies are getting increasingly crowded with these gadgets, though, and the issue has come to the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the increase of recreational use of drones, the risk to the aviation industry increases as well, and the FAA has begun to keep track of drone incidents that are reported through air traffic control. As described in this story about the concerns of increased drones in the skies, the issue is not necessarily that there is a concern about drones causing problems for large aircraft – if a consumer drone hits a large plane, it will likely just bounce off. In cases of smaller aircraft, however, there is a much greater likelihood that a more serious incident would occur. Under current regulations, consumer drones must not be flown above 400 feet and may not have a weight of more than 55 pounds. Additionally, the drone operator is required to keep the drone in sight and must notify air traffic control if it is being flown within five miles of an airport. The trouble is, however, that these regulations are not being formally enforced and it is mainly up to the drone operators to follow the rules.

Pilots Require a Safe Workplace

Pilots have enough to worry about without adding the need of having to watch for these avoidable nuisances. They are in charge of the safety of their passengers as well as that of themselves and their coworkers. Their work is stressful enough without having to worry about dodging objects that have no business being in their airspace – yet the FAA notes in a 2015 report that pilots are seeing increased numbers of drones at altitudes much higher than the 400 feet allowed. An interesting article on a pilot’s take on the safety issues surrounding drone usage notes the difficulty in balancing the interest in and advantages of drone use with the obligation of keeping the skies safe. He notes that the FAA has a huge – yet extremely important – task at hand and that it must find a way for drones to share the airspace without increasing risk. Just as the FAA has to work on this issue, so must the individual airlines, to ensure that their employees are afforded the safest possible work environment. If its employees are injured during the course of their job, the company is required to provide workers’ compensation. It is in everyone’s best interest to find a way to make the skies as safe as possible.

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