Are Drones That Much Of A Threat To Aircraft Safety?

While there are a lot of ongoing questions about how growing use of drones will affect our airspace and the FAA is attempting to confront and regulate their use in a prompt manner, are they really that much of a treat to the safety of aircraft in flight? According to some sources, smaller drones are less of a threat to aircraft than the many birds that fly among them every day. Though bird strikes can be a serious air safety issue, most drones, specially those that are smaller in size and weight, don’t compare in terms of potential interference with most aircraft.

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Smaller Drones Aren’t Major Threat to Aircraft: A Little Birdie Told Me So | IEEE Spectrum

What’s more, if you only consider small- and medium-size bird strikes that occurred in places where microdrones would be likely allowed (below 400 feet altitude and more than 5 miles from an airport), the results don’t look at all alarming: the Exponent report says there have been zero fatalities and at most a handful of accidents with injuries. This is all to say that drones of about a kilogram or so in mass would likely pose little danger, so long as people flew them away from where full-size aircraft are allowed to fly.”

Do you think we still need impose restrictions on drone flight, even if aircraft safety doesn’t appear to be a major issue? Weigh in on this topic by leaving a comment.