Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Oct 9, 2018.
Drones with freaking laser beams attached to them is what worries me.
I fly them regularly.
I don't try to take down passenger aircraft with them.
How are they controlled? Is it from a smartphone or a dedicated VHF controller?
And have you ever tried chasing pigeons with one?
They're usually controlled via a 2.4 GHz radio transmitter.
Anything controlled from your phone is just a toy and will only work a short distance away, while an RF transmitter will work for miles, but it's illegal to fly them out of line of sight, or above 500 feet.
I hadn't thought about chasing pigeons but now you mention it, I might see if I can get some footage of worried seagulls, and upload it for farmerbarleymow
I can't imagine anyone would be barbaric enough to remotely pilot a drone with the intent of killing a load of people.
No, the USAF would never do such a thing.
Have you met other people? Some of them are awful.
Whether it's a twat having a "laugh" or a wannabe amateur terrorist, or just some plonker trying to get close ups for a youtube video, I can easily see it happening.
Fortunately I still think the chance of knocking a big jet out of the sky are marginal, but it's a risk nonetheless.
Drone near miss with (what was probably a Virgin) 787 on approach to Heathrow (from Delhi) back in June. Apparently at around 3200ft, passing within 10ft under the right wing.
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