Here is something a friend of mine sent me. He does consulting work for emergency management and preparation. The figures are kind of interesting so I figured I would share this here.
The FAA keeps a database of drone incidents which they release to the press to show how serious the threat is.1300 incidents in 2015. What the hell are they talking about?
These guys thrive on exaggerating threats. It helps them to justify their existence and budgets every year.Interesting. This discussion/concern has been ongoing for a few years now. I also believe some of the info in this is wrong/exaggerated.
After over 30 years as a pilot with a commercial airline, and now flying corporate aircraft, I have NEVER seen a drone or quadcopter on any of my flights. I don't know of any instances when my fellow pilots have seen them either. The only issues I have had flying aircraft have been runway incursions and a few close calls with other aircraft......not drones. Since I still fly jets for a living, I will hold my comment on the FAA at this time. But Meta4, we think alike. [emoji41]These guys thrive on exaggerating threats. It helps them to justify their existence and budgets every year.
Last year they were suggesting that Phantoms could carry large payloads of explosives.
Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones
For some reason the bad guys don't seem to think quadcopters are terribly useful though.
It might have something to do with boring facts like very low payload ability and range with a payload and the ready availability of many much more effective devices.