FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

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FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Allen1013 » 05 Mar 2013, 17:20

I'm from New York and wanted to post this here. Guess our drones are becoming very popular. http://www.myfoxny.com/story/21514251/f ... d-near-nyc"

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby garrock » 05 Mar 2013, 18:00

The TV type news media: These days they create news rather than report on things that are just news.

They had no idea what kind of drone it was but still splashed a video clip of the Parrot AR Drone and what looked like a DragonFlyer.
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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Alecb » 05 Mar 2013, 18:39

As they get more popular and cheaper to buy/operate we are going to see more and more of this.

The hype is growing in the UK with talk of emergency services wanting them for policing etc, I can see a change of laws on the horizon maybe.
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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby pbody2013 » 06 Mar 2013, 01:15

An AR Drone at 1500 ft! 1553ft by Steves' if I'm correct is record height. I doubt anyone that has one capable of that,which we are know is likely to be few and far between,would be so irresponsible. That would mean RC and or wifi boosting that only a few here can do. Well perhaps a few others outside of here. More likely a flyaway if it's one of "ours". Wouldn't take much to carry one high with the right updrafts. Just what we need to get more bs rules against drones.
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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Schlauncha » 06 Mar 2013, 01:51

It's bad enough they already banned UFO's because so many pilots were reporting seeing those flying up around them...

On another note, the FAA receives more than 10,000 reports of "bird strikes" every year, where aircraft hit one or more birds in flight. So the logical thing to do is ban all toy aircraft, after the 1 that was close enough to be *seen* from another plane. Nevermind those 10,000 birds every year. Just one of those odd things, like how there are limits to how many deer you can hunt every year, and yet more people are killed by deer every year than IED's blowing up on the roadsides in the middle east. Honestly if you were to trade all the IED's for all of the USA's deer, you would see a sharp decrease in the number of deaths every year in the USA. Heck, the people over there might learn to love the taste of venison too. But since it's "normal" to be killed by deer running in front of your car, since it's "normal" for birds to cause airplanes to crash, then we have nothing better to do than worry about regulating toy aircraft to death, since we all know that regulations will definitely stop somebody already stupid enough to fly at high altitudes near an airport anyways.

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby DaZa » 06 Mar 2013, 04:36

It wont be an AR Drone.

Too high and too small for a pilot to spot even at that distance.

I would bet it's a DJI Phantom with its LED's lit up... much bigger and easier to spot.

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby username2620 » 06 Mar 2013, 05:08

the phantom is the same size as a ar.drone (motor to motor) and the leds are most visible from below... it's also harder to see in the sky because the white color blends in with the clouds..

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Code74 » 06 Mar 2013, 05:36

username2620 wrote:the phantom is the same size as a ar.drone (motor to motor) and the leds are most visible from below... it's also harder to see in the sky because the white color blends in with the clouds..

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby DaZa » 06 Mar 2013, 06:04

Yeah probably... and your right what a twat flying that close.

I have a civillian airport about 15km from my oval but its flight paths never come near it but I've always kept under 100m there anyway.

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby pbody2013 » 06 Mar 2013, 06:59

Pilot said,about 3 feet wide,black and four props. Not a phantom unless it was painted. If it was a AR then I doubt it was "flying". He said flying but who knows,it may have looked that way. Maybe a Discovery. Either way it sucks.
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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Schlauncha » 06 Mar 2013, 11:34

Another bad part is for all the coverage and scary news hype, when it's posted that the FBI is asking people to contact them with any information, I'm just very glad I don't live anywhere near enough to be a suspect. Now everybody near there with a quadcopter (or any r/c aircraft - heck, close enough) can look forward to some friendly investigation from the FBI, if they have any nosy neighbors or people who know they have r/c aircraft start reporting them to the FBI. I've already been forwarded this story a few times by some of the old farts at my local club, I about need to tell them that NO I wasn't even in the same time zone! Every time this FPV stuff causes any uproar, they make sure to forward the articles to me, what with my FPV activities being seen by them as not unlike "those damn kids with their skateboards".

A major part of being able to do FPV is being able to "see and avoid". That's pretty much going to be in the laws worldwide - if you are flying something in airspace where other aircraft may be coming through, you MUST be able to keep aware of that, to SEE a jetliner coming, and AVOID letting it fly into you. Personally I just don't see a reason to fly FPV above 600-800 feet anyways (I never have, myself) and so long as you keep it below that, closer to 400 or less, you greatly GREATLY will reduce the risk of any full-size aircraft needing to test your ability to SEE and AVOID.

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Shaft » 06 Mar 2013, 14:54

The FBI are now seriously looking into the sightings of some 10,000 similar sized flying objects in the area, they say that most of the birds should be wiped out by the end of 2013 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Maverick107 » 06 Mar 2013, 16:30

Well we know there will be lots of UFO's seen down under at night with DaZa flying around now :lol: :lol:

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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby Code74 » 06 Mar 2013, 16:50

Sounds like its roughly the size of my witespy.... Only a bit bigger. Which could be some pieced together naza quad.
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Re: FAA investigating report of drone spotted in NYC

Postby DaZa » 06 Mar 2013, 22:36

Maverick107 wrote:Well we know there will be lots of UFO's seen down under at night with DaZa flying around now :lol: :lol:

Yes but here in Australia we have only mildly stupid politicians and beaureucrats. :)

Actually scratch that they are all very stupid, just ours aren't as bad as the US.... yet!

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