Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Follow Up: Dronestrikes over US Soil?

One way to address the risk of drone collisions: registering drones like guns.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dronestrikes over US Soil?

Flying into LaGuardia (NY) this weekend, at probably 2000 feet, I looked out the window to see the sun glint momentarily off a tiny metal object just a few feet below and a few hundred feet to our port side. It was a drone being flown by some idiot in some backyard in Queens.

If birdstrikes can bring down a passenger plane (remember "Sully"?) what do you think a hobbyist drone would do to an aircraft engine?

We have the technology to prevent that, and it would be criminally negligent to delay implementation of systems to protect our planes and people. Airports have radar monitoring of their column or airspace. It's probably not accurate enough to find a small hobbyist drone, so it needs to be improved. Once they are identified, the airports need lasers or laser-focused electro-magnetic pulses strong enough to disable a hobbyist drone. These weapons wouldn't be strong enough to hurt a plane (or even a military drone), but could prevent a dumb or malicious hobbyist.