El Reg reports that Zuckerborg’s junior bird men don’t seem to be doing so well.
The United States’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) late last week published a report about the incident that says “On June 28, 2016, at 0743 mountain standard time, the Facebook Aquila unmanned aircraft, N565AQ, experienced an inflight structural failure on final approach near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was substantially damaged.”
Only a matter of time . . . .
In the second incident, which took place a fortnight after the first, an Airbus A320’s first officer saw “a white, twin rotor drone pass by the right wingtip” barely 100m away as the aircraft was descending through 7,000ft over New Malden, south London.
Britain is high on drones:
One drone crashed while flying over the all-male jail on 14 August.
Another was intercepted in “mid-flight” heading towards the prison later that same day.
Police did not say exactly how they stopped the second drone.
It won’t be long before some boy kills someone with his toy.
The drone was spotted by the helicopter pilot at the last second and he was able to steer the aircraft out of the way and prevent a collision.
Toy boy is as yet unidentified.
Boys and their toys . . . .
A Foresthill man has been arrested on suspicion of interfering with firefighting operations during the recent Trailhead Fire by flying a drone over the fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The presence of the drone forced Cal Fire to ground firefighting aircraft due to the risk of a collision.
Information posted on social media helped lead Cal Fire law enforcement officers to 57-year-old Eric Wamser. He was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into the Placer County Jail.
It looks as if we nay not have robotic radio-controlled delivery after all.
New rules for commercial use of drones under 55 pounds were finalized by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, and things don’t look good for Amazon’s planned drone deliveries.
Under the new regulations, drones have to stay within unaided sight (read: no binoculars or the like) of the pilot or an observer, even if the drone has cameras.
The FAA got this one right.
Too many members of the Geekosphere suffer from arrested development: They think like teenaged boys. “Because you can” is an insufficient reason in and of itself for doing something, especially something as stupid as filling our airspace with robots with rotating blades.
The question is not whether, it’s when: When will some boy bring down an airliner with his toy?
He was turning right at an altitude of 450 metres (1,500ft) – a “critical phase of flight” – when the incident occurred.
The report stated that the drone was “extremely close to the aircraft”, passing just 15 metres above and 30 metres to the left.
Boys and their toys.
The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. near 13th Avenue East and East Aloha Street, according to Seattle police.
The couple found a white drone lying on the ground outside their dining room window, with a still-recording camera affixed to the aircraft, reports say.
Why would someone fly a drone outside someone else’s window at the time of day when most folks are getting dressed for work? Whatever might the reason be?
No one could have predicted . . . .
The Metropolitan police said they were contacted on Sunday afternoon by the pilot, who landed the plane safely at Terminal 5. No one has been arrested, officers said.
The flight, BA727, was coming in to London from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew.
Addendum, a Week Later:
It is just a matter of time till some overgrown adolescent yahoo downs an airliner.
The pilot of a Lufthansa A380 approaching the airport on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, reported that a drone passed about overhead around 1:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Let more robotic death rain from more skies.
“We hope to proceed to the next phase in 2017 to prepare for the full-fledged development of operational demonstrators of air combat drones by 2025,” the statement said.