With the recent Heathrow incident making it to the headlines (more), Federal Aviation Administration is trying to be cautious by preventing commercial drones near JFK airport in New York. Even though they claim that the ‘collision’ was false, FAA is taking precautions by building drone detection systems. There has been a notable increase in unauthorized usage of unmanned aircrafts by an individual or organizations in recent years, which causes hindrance with aerial safety.
Multiple incidents of nuisance caused by drones have been reported. A drone struck a woman at a gay pride parade in Seattle leaving her unconscious. In Albuquerque, a drone reverberated into the crowd at an outdoor festival causing damage to a person who came in its way. In Tampa, a drone reportedly followed a lady outside a restaurant before crashing into her car and the list of events does not end here.
FAA’s main aim is to prevent uneventful mishaps by the ‘rogue drones’. A few months back, the FAA had launched new registration rules for drones, but that did not stop people from being ignorant in highly sensitive areas like airports.
The tests conducted by the agency which began on May 02, are primarily for drone detection at JFK airport in New York. Reports suggest that they have conducted up to 40 intensive tests which include 5 different self sustaining rotorcraft and fixed wing drones.
“We applaud the FBI and FAA for their efforts to detect and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” said Thomas Bosco, Port Authority Aviation Director. “We look forward to supporting continued U.S. Government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralize the threat posed by rogue UASs.”
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With everyone’s commitment towards safety, the duo plans to resolve the difficulties they might face with the rapidly evolving UAS technology meddling in their highly regulated airspace by this collaboration.