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Pilots Have Reported Nearly 700 Close Calls Between Airplanes & Drones This Year Alone According To FAA Records

 
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Pilots Have Reported Nearly 700 Close Calls Between Airplanes & Drones This Year Alone According To FAA Records
"On Sunday, a swarm of small rogue drones disrupted air traffic across the country on a scale previously unseen in U.S. skies.

At 8:51 a.m., a white drone startled the pilot of a JetBlue flight, appearing off its left wing moments before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport. Five hours later, a quadcopter whizzed underneath an Allegiant Air flight as it approached the same runway. Elsewhere in California, pilots of light aircraft reported narrowly dodging drones in San Jose and La Verne.

In Washington, a Cessna pilot reported a drone cruising at 1,500 feet in highly restricted airspace over the nation’s capital, forcing the U.S. military to scramble fighter jets as a precaution. In Louisville, a silver-and-white drone almost collided with a training aircraft. In Chicago, United Airlines Flight 970 reported seeing a drone pass by at an altitude of 3,500 feet.

All told, 12 episodes were recorded Sunday of small drones interfering with airplanes or coming too close to airports, including other incidents in New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina, according to previously undisclosed reports filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Pilots have reported a surge in close calls with drones: nearly 700 incidents so far this year, according to FAA statistics, about triple the number recorded for all of 2014. The agency has acknowledged growing concern about the problem and its inability to do much to tame it.

The Washington Post obtained several hundred of the rogue-drone reports from a government official who objected to the FAA’s secrecy. Laura Brown, an FAA spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports obtained by The Post.

The documents show that remote-control planes are penetrating some of the most guarded airspace in the country."

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Re: Pilots Have Reported Nearly 700 Close Calls Between Airplanes & Drones This Year Alone According To FAA Records
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Re: Pilots Have Reported Nearly 700 Close Calls Between Airplanes & Drones This Year Alone According To FAA Records
I have to doubt it. Most likely pilot trash trying to scam hazard pay.
CalFire was making these claims as well, and they hide 1/2 billion dollars offshore to make the claim of being broke to pass the Fire Fee in California.
People these days are such numbnuts and use any excuse to bitch and moan trying to make themselves feel better.

How come these pilots don't have video of these near misses?
Because they are making things up...