So, contrary to popular belief, the risks associated with quadcopters falling out of the sky are much smaller than people thought.
Although the FAA says they can’t definitely answer the question “what might happen if a drone hits a person on the ground?” they do link to a study by a consortium of universities. This consortium includes the University of Alabama-Huntsville; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Kansas, through the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). ASSURE represents 23 of the world’s leading research institutions and 100 leading industry and government partners. So it’s fair to say this consortium has an idea what they’re talking about.
You can read all about it here but in short, we’re save.
This is great news but a second part of this study is still coming. And that might be even more important.
In the second part of this study (which will start in June 2o17) ASSURE will look at the danger of quadcopter (drone) collisions with airplanes. Why do I say this might be even more important? Because in discussions the risk to people rarely comes up. In the media it comes up even less. But there is a witch hunt when it comes to quadcopters and airplanes.
We keep reading about another “near miss”. I won’t even get into the fact that a near miss would technically be a hit. But we do keep hearing about alleged quadcopter/drone sightings by pilots. Some of these turn out to be plastic bags, others we don’t hear anything about afterwards. But it does shape the public opinion about quadcopters . So if this new research can show that quadcopters /drones are not dangerous to airplanes that would be a major step forward in preventing even more restrictive legislation from being introduced.
I think this is great news. But what do you think? Do you agree quadcopters are not dangerous to people or do you have a different opinion? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.
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