The market for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, commonly known as drones, is expanding. The three main segments of the industry are consumer drones, enterprise drones, and government drones. As a result of this growth, RPA manufacturers and operators are seeking greater access to airspace. The International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International, and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations published Safety Awareness for Users of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Close Vicinity of Airports in 2016.
Drones are increasingly being used for commercial and recreational purposes. There has been a very large increase in reports from all regions of the world of instances in which drones have been observed being flown dangerously close to aircraft and airports.
On December 5, 2017, Reuters reported that in October a drone hit an aircraft landing at an airport in Canada and “there have been several near-misses between drones and passenger planes in Europe.” NYdatabases.com reports domestic drone accidents here. The incidents include drones knocking out power lines, crashing onto the roof of the Seattle Space Needle, and crashing into wedding guests in New Hampshire, resulting in injuries and litigation.
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