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Old 09-23-2011, 10:05 AM   #101
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That's scary. The military ones are bad enough as is, now we've got the DIYers to watch out for.
The home built guys have been building drones for many years already, I first played with one about 10 years ago... The difference is the home built guys don't have a military budget, we make damn sure we don't crash them at random!
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:19 AM   #102
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I'm more worried about the unmanned aerial speedbump that isn't talking to anyone or able to see and avoid other traffic.

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:19 PM   #103
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I'm more worried about the unmanned aerial speedbump that isn't talking to anyone or able to see and avoid other traffic.
Any UAV of substantial size has an A2A Radar mode and sense-and-avoid logic.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #104
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Substantial size being the key word, I'm not worried about those. They're usually talking with ATC too.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:52 PM   #105
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Substantial size being the key word, I'm not worried about those. They're usually talking with ATC too.

The issue is far from resolved. The FAA is being it's usual feet-dragging self about change.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:58 PM   #106
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Regardless, I'm not worried about the big ones.

Recent Midair Collision Between a C-130 and a UAV
http://defensetech.org/2011/08/17/mi...130-and-a-uav/
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Well, it finally happened. Something some pilots operating in Iraq and Afghanistan have told me they worry about more than enemy surface-to-air fire; a midair collision with a UAV.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:54 PM   #107
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That's why I vector the aircraft and not the UAS. I've had to slap the **** out of some controllers that think moving the UAS is a better option.. They're slow, they climb slow, and they are almost always in the way... I'll move a C-130 out of the way before I'd consider moving a UAS unless I had airspace to play with, which is hardly the case. Even if it meant the aircraft would be flying 10 miles out of the way. You can't put a price on safety when you're on the mic.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:14 PM   #108
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