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Up in the sky,
It’s a bird,
It’s a plane,
It’s ….. a Drone?
We should not, undoubtedly, be surprised when we consider the fact that in 21st Century America the “friendly skies” are going to be populated with birds, planes, and, yes, Drones! While the birds and planes pretty much know when and where they can fly, such is not necessarily the case with Drones and Drone Pilots! That’s why the Aviators of today must me fully aware of DRONES, CONTROLLED AIR SPACE, AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“The concern of unauthorized Drones in controlled air space,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, noted, “is apparent by the reaction of the AMA and FAA during Hurricane Matthew cleanup operations.”
What Dale is referring to is the fact that the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) issued a statement pointing out that the FAA was, and is, very serious about making sure the airways remained free of random Drone traffic. They pointed out that such Drones would be subject to civil penalties of up to $32,000 plus per violation - - as well as possible criminal prosecution.
“If someone is going to fly a drone,” TURBINE TRAINING Vice President Jason Wolcott noted, “they really need to be aware of all of the FAA rules and regulations - - including the “National Defense Airspace” rule.”
The regulation that Jason referred to is the fact that a Drone must remain at least three (3) nautical miles away from an NFL or College football game, the Baseball playoffs, and any other sporting venue that provides seating for over 30,000 people.
One might wonder if a Drone in controlled air space around an airport might really be dangerous to the airplanes using the facility. One of those wondering this is the government of the UK. Studies conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority (UK equivalent to the Federal Aviation Administration) should have its results released by the end of 2016.
“Interestingly enough,” Dale added, “one of the major concerns the British are dealing with is the possible adverse effects of having a lithium battery got sucked into an engine.”
“Not only are the engines at risk,” Jason pointed out, “but so is an aircraft’s windshield should a Drone crash into it.”