According to the United Kingdom’s safety board, nearly half of all air traffic incidents involves drones in some capacity.
As early as last year the British Airline Pilots Association or (BALPA) shared their concern that remotely-piloted aircrafts, could cause a “catastrophic crash”.
This past week the IOS or International Organization of Standardization released the first ever set standards for drones, their flight patterns, and their operators, with the aim to standardize the drone industry and ease any safety fears.
Drones: What Could Go Wrong?
Before delving into what led to the ISO’s recent global “drone safety standards" one should understand the concerns and safety issues that currently plague the drone industry.
Just from 2014 to 2015 there has been an exponential increase of people using drones near airports.
Examining airports in the UK, the Airprox discovered that pilots reported that over 30 incidents where drones “nearly missed” aircraft. If a drone were to be ingested by an engine the results could be catastrophic.
A plane is able to fly with one engine if a bird were to fly through the engine. However, if a drone goes through an engine, the lithium batteries could cause uncontained failure with debris damaging the entire plane.
Though the issue of flying a drone is not a problem, there are plenty of cases of people behaving carelessly, flying them near densely populated areas, or dangerously in no-fly zones.
The Drone Solution
Expected to be fully put into action next year, The International Organization for Standardization’s document hopes to create consistent industry and operation regulations.
The document calls for no-fly zones in sensitive locations, populated areas, and of course airports
The document also recommends that there should be flight logging, training, and maintenance requirements for drones and their operators.
Overall, this is nowhere near a setback for the industry. A consistent set of regulations that can be applied to the drone industry could encourage more businesses to utilize the ever-so-popular drone technology.
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