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Discussion in 'News' started by eBird, Dec 14, 2015.
In the paper today
Not that this is not a potentially serious issue... but I'd like to see those reports. There are no doubt some "close" calls" but have you ever been up in a small plane? You have a hard time seeing another small plane at any distance and have to keep your eyes peeled at all times let alone a 2 foot square object. I'm a bit dubious that a jet airline pilot or any pilot could see one on approach. Not impossible mind you, but extremely difficult. My take is that GROUND reports put a "drone" near a plane and the person making that observation could be WAY off as to the actual proximity.
Here is some testing on this very issue - same test, different articles I think:
Drones prove difficult for ag pilots to see - AOPA
I totally agree with you Jack. I've flown in small single engine aircraft and spotting a drone would be **** near impossible.
Sure it might be hard to spot a drone from a plane ... but it's easy to see a yellow dishwasher or a weather balloon, reflection, bird, Venus etc, etc,