On just one day alone, August 16, 2015 – there were 12 near misses recorded —California, Kentucky, Washington DC, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina — small drones interfering with airplanes or coming too close to airports, as reported by the Washington Post.
These previously undisclosed reports filed with the Federal Aviation Administration detail harrowing accounts of distracted pilots on approach to an airport, jets scrambled in the nations Capital and medical helicopters reporting near misses.
Before last year, close encounters with rogue drones were unheard of. But as a result of a sales boom, small, largely unregulated remote-control aircraft are clogging U.S. airspace, snarling air traffic and giving the FAA fits.
Pilots have reported a surge in close calls with drones: nearly 700 incidents so far this year, according to FAA statistics, about triple the number recorded for all of 2014. The agency has acknowledged growing concern about the problem and its inability to do much to tame it.
Drones and planes. Not a great combination. Read the article – could be your next exercise narrative.