Drones have become wildly popular in the last few years, especially after the introduction of the drone regulations in August of 2016. As more and more people have purchased a drone, the amount of close calls with planes have dramatically increased. To combat these close calls the FAA, along with industry leaders and other governmental agencies and departments, is testing various drone detection systems.
So far these tests have occurred at:
Atlantic City International AirportJohn F. Kennedy International AirportEglin Air Force BaseHelsinki Finland AirportDenver International AirportDallas Forth-Worth AirportCurrently, drone detection technology is working with radars, radio frequencies, and electro-optical systems to see which combinations would be the most effective.
As the FAA continues to gather information, we hope these detection methods set the foundation for a safe and effective way to locate drones near airports. As a reminder, it is always necessary to get prior permission to fly a drone near an airport, and contact air control tower to notify them of your drone flight. It is also best to check with FAA's app B4UFly prior to takeoff for any other advisories.
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