Reports of an increase in near collision incidents around the country

Federal Aviation Administration reports reveal a steady expansion in drone operations near aircraft, and around major airport. The report covers a span of four years between 2014 to 2018 and discloses that there were 95 reported drone sightings in the Las Vegas area alone. The FAA has said the quantity of drone sightings reported to the authorities is projected to double in 2019 compared to the previous calendar year. If a pilot can see a drone from the cockpit then it is too closely operating near aircraft and certainly in a range of creating a very dangerous conditions for the aircraft, both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. If a drone is sucked into the main  rotor or tail rotor blades of a helicopter the effect are catastrophic.  If it is sucked into one of the  intake of a jet engine, it can flame out the engine and have devastating effects and consequences especially when the aircraft is taking off or landing. There have been numerous reports by pilots of near-collisions with UAV’s operating with a less than 5 kilometers distance from aircraft as required by FAA. The FAA spokesman further said that drone pilot schooling is only a part of the solution and advanced collision avoidance technology is needed on all aircraft to assist identifying rogue drone operators which are increasing at a an alarming rate. NASA is also investigating a procedure to track drones from the air and the new devices could possibly be rolled out by 2019.   Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University is also working on a system that can track drones and their activities near airport.   The system works by sensors mounted on roof tops that track UAV’s and monitors their activity until it leave the 1 kilometer distance from the restricted area. Such technology can greatly increase the safety of aircraft around airport where such accidents could occur.