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« Reply #135 on: November 02, 2016, 02:49:17 pm »

Class G Airspace = Airspace not designated as Class A, B, C, D, or E is considered uncontrolled, Class G, airspace. ATC does not have
the authority or responsibility to manage of air traffic within this airspace. In the Eastern U.S., Class G airspace lies
between the surface and 700/1200 feet AGL.
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« Reply #136 on: November 02, 2016, 03:54:26 pm »

Problems with law abiding drone operators are few; unfortunately the other category from my experience appears to contain a plethora of members...  Two weeks ago I was traveling cross country through some pretty crowded military airspace in the SE and heard a pilot on an IFR flight plan report a near miss with a drone, and needless to say he was pretty darn excited.  Center asked him "ident" so they could confirm his location and to state his altitude which he did at 9,000 feet which the controller confirmed as what his Mode C was indicating.  They then asked him to estimate the drone's altitude and separation and he reported just below him and less than 100-150 feet off his right side.  The Center Controller stated they had a good radar location and gave him a phone number to call after landing to complete the report; the pilot said thanks and closed with "that was one big chunk of metal that went under my wing."

That's two near misses that I have direct knowledge of... I'm afraid its only a matter of time until a drone makes it into the FAA's collision category.

I don't mean to offend anyone, but it's not as big of a sky as some may think and we all need to pay attention.

 
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« Reply #137 on: November 02, 2016, 04:41:21 pm »

"that was one big chunk of metal that went under my wing."
 

I cant help but wonder if it could have been a fixed-wing drone, given the altitude.  Reports rarely seem to distinguish between copters and Predators, etc.  and in some instances balloons and flying plastic bags.

OTOH, how high can a fly-way go before the battery runs out?

Good to know the rubber manufacturing industry is protected in Oklahoma.  Wink

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« Reply #138 on: November 02, 2016, 06:35:27 pm »

Problems with law abiding drone operators are few; unfortunately the other category from my experience appears to contain a plethora of members...  Two weeks ago I was traveling cross country through some pretty crowded military airspace in the SE and heard a pilot on an IFR flight plan report a near miss with a drone, and needless to say he was pretty darn excited.  Center asked him "ident" so they could confirm his location and to state his altitude which he did at 9,000 feet which the controller confirmed as what his Mode C was indicating.  They then asked him to estimate the drone's altitude and separation and he reported just below him and less than 100-150 feet off his right side.  The Center Controller stated they had a good radar location and gave him a phone number to call after landing to complete the report; the pilot said thanks and closed with "that was one big chunk of metal that went under my wing."

That's two near misses that I have direct knowledge of... I'm afraid its only a matter of time until a drone makes it into the FAA's collision category.

I don't mean to offend anyone, but it's not as big of a sky as some may think and we all need to pay attention.

 

Either that pilot has eagle-like vision or that was a very good sized drone.  I’m having a hard time believing this was a multi-copter, do most even have enough thrust to handle the air density at 9000 MSL? 
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« Reply #139 on: November 02, 2016, 11:08:44 pm »

Either that pilot has eagle-like vision or that was a very good sized drone.  I’m having a hard time believing this was a multi-copter, do most even have enough thrust to handle the air density at 9000 MSL? 

Not at 9000 feet.  Most transmitters won't even go that far.  That's nearly two miles above sea level.
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« Reply #140 on: November 03, 2016, 07:54:01 am »

Just gonna leave this here...

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-high-can-a-drone-fly-enthusiast-illegally-flies-drone-to-11000-feet_uk_56e16418e4b096ed3adbaad0
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« Reply #141 on: November 03, 2016, 09:06:53 am »

Not at 9000 feet.  Most transmitters won't even go that far.  That's nearly two miles above sea level.
While I didn't see it I clearly heard the guy on the frequency several times before he reported the near-miss and he was always calm and with the report he was obviously shook up/taking fast...  I didn't hear him again afterward to hear if he calmed down as I was handed off to another sector shortly thereafter. 

As for needing eagle eyes, you often see birds and plastic shopping bags, even the occasional bug that high and when they come nose to nose close believe me you see 'em and take notice. 
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« Reply #142 on: November 03, 2016, 09:34:06 am »

While I didn't see it I clearly heard the guy on the frequency several times before he reported the near-miss and he was always calm and with the report he was obviously shook up/taking fast...  I didn't hear him again afterward to hear if he calmed down as I was handed off to another sector shortly thereafter. 

As for needing eagle eyes, you often see birds and plastic shopping bags, even the occasional bug that high and when they come nose to nose close believe me you see 'em and take notice. 

When I was actively flying, I really don’t recall any close calls with smaller objects.  I would get a kick out of the controller advising an air liner they were passing near a smaller aircraft and the reply from the cockpit: “Yes sir, we’ve got it on the metal detector!”

I was not aware you are a pilot, how long have you been punching holes in the air?
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« Reply #143 on: November 03, 2016, 10:42:33 am »

When I was actively flying, I really don’t recall any close calls with smaller objects.  I would get a kick out of the controller advising an air liner they were passing near a smaller aircraft and the reply from the cockpit: “Yes sir, we’ve got it on the metal detector!”

I was not aware you are a pilot, how long have you been punching holes in the air?
Grew up flying with my dad and started myself 12 years ago for fun.  Last few years I've spent a bunch of time going from A-B and back for work (we're active in 7 states) and take the occasional fun trip, flew 300+ hours last year...
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« Reply #144 on: November 29, 2016, 11:39:42 am »

http://www.fox23.com/news/man-uses-drone-to-follow-suspects-after-downtown-tulsa-break-in/471128851
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« Reply #145 on: November 29, 2016, 01:12:20 pm »


follows suspects all the way across the street.
drunk bourbon robber was to deaf to notice (or to dumb to care) of the copter hovering overhead.
coincidence of copter already in use feet away from crime.
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« Reply #146 on: November 29, 2016, 01:59:02 pm »

follows suspects all the way across the street.
drunk bourbon robber was to deaf to notice (or to dumb to care) of the copter hovering overhead.
coincidence of copter already in use feet away from crime.

Did you even watch the piece?

1.  Wasn't bourbon, it was scotch.
2.  The drone was being used by the security guard to check for people parking illegally; he used it in this instance to find thieves.


People have misconceptions about drones (which they really shouldn't be called).  It's not like they used it to identify them explicitly.  If you watched the piece, it said the owner/security guard used it to direct police to where these guys were so they could apprehend them.

And yes, I get a little touchy about this because I own two of them (one I built and one I bought).
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« Reply #147 on: November 29, 2016, 02:31:11 pm »

follows suspects all the way across the street.
drunk bourbon robber was to deaf to notice (or to dumb to care) of the copter hovering overhead.
coincidence of copter already in use feet away from crime.

At a distance of 100' you'd be hard pressed to hear it unless you were trying to.
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« Reply #148 on: November 29, 2016, 03:25:23 pm »

At a distance of 100' you'd be hard pressed to hear it unless you were trying to.

Not so sure about that.  The smaller ones with composite props spin fast enough that I can hear what sounds like a swarm of mad bees from that distance.  But if you're hammered....
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« Reply #149 on: November 29, 2016, 04:18:50 pm »

At a distance of 100' you'd be hard pressed to hear it unless you were trying to.

At that location?  Surrounded by nice sound bouncing buildings?
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