Avoid "Close Calls" When Flying Your Drone - PPA Today
Avoid "Close Calls" When Flying Your Drone
By Sidra Safri
Section 107 Drones regulations have been out less than a year, and drone usage has skyrocketed. Currently, according to the FAA, there are approximately 7,200 registered drones. With such a large increase in drone usage, the number of close calls between drones and airplanes has also dramatically increased. The FAA reported over 1,700 close calls in 2016. A close call incident is when a drone is within 100 feet of an airplane. Being this close to an airplane can cause more damage than a bird, especially if it hits one of the engines. These close calls put not only the pilot's life in danger but also the lives of the passengers on board.
Currently, Section 107 regulations state that if you are flying in B, C, D, or E airspace you need a waiver. The larger concern is when drones fly in class G airspace. To fly in class G airspace you do not need to a get a waiver, but you need permission from the air traffic control tower. Granted, other than the "Right to Yield" requirement there is nothing that states how far a drone must stay from other aircraft, but just that it is illegal. However, for the safety of the passengers, and pilots it's necessary for drone pilots to be hyper aware of their aerial surroundings.
It is of the utmost importance for all drone operators, whether they are certified or uncertified to gain proper experience in operating, handling, and flying a drone. This practice ensures that everyone is safe, and everyone can enjoy the airspace. For more education and information about the Section 107 regulations, please visit the FAA Website. Also, do not forget to report any accidents here, and always check the B4U fly app before liftoff!