When a drone hits an aircraft wing

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Drones with freaking laser beams attached to them is what worries me.
  2. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I fly them regularly.
    I don't try to take down passenger aircraft with them.
  3. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    How are they controlled? Is it from a smartphone or a dedicated VHF controller?

    And have you ever tried chasing pigeons with one?
  4. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    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 :D
  5. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    I can't imagine anyone would be barbaric enough to remotely pilot a drone with the intent of killing a load of people.
  6. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    No, the USAF would never do such a thing.
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  7. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    You can't?! :eek:

    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.
  8. 2hats


    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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