SP's Airbuz - - News Briefs -

In Oc­to­ber this year, there was a col­li­sion in flight be­tween an Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cle (UAV) also re­ferred to as Drone and a Beechcraft King Air 100 pas­sen­ger air­craft op­er­ated by SkyJet Air­lines. This was the first in­ci­dent of this kind in Canada and mer­ci­fully, the air­liner got away with only mi­nor dam­age and was able to land safely. How­ever, the im­pli­ca­tions of this episode are in­deed se­ri­ous.

The rapid pro­lif­er­a­tion of Drones op­er­ated by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als as also gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment agen­cies around the world, has led to an in­crease in the num­ber of in­ci­dents of near miss of even im­pact be­tween the re­mote-con­trolled de­vices and pas­sen­ger air­craft. Ear­lier this year, Canada an­nounced safety mea­sures mak­ing it il­le­gal to fly recre­ational drones within 5.5 km of an air­port and re­strict­ing the height of op­er­a­tion by a Drone to 300 feet above ground level. Trans­gres­sion of these rules would in­vite se­vere pun­ish­ment in­clud­ing im­pris­on­ment and heavy mon­e­tary fine.

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