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Drone intterupts wildfire operations in Tonto National Forest

Discussion in 'News' started by gringorio, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. gringorio

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    "TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

    Two helicopters were pulled from wildfire operations on July 21 for the Webber Fire in the Tonto National Forest, due to someone using a drone near the area, according to a recent release from the U.S. Forest Service.

    Safety of the flight crews was cited for the removal of the helicopters, said Matthew Huse, Air Tanker Base Manager for the Tonto, the helicopters then returned to Payson."

    Read the whole article here: Recreational drone interrupts wildfire operations in Tonto National Forest
     
  2. RJ_Make

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    That is a real shame.
     
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    The pilots should have to prove it, otherwise could have been a bird or trash. Why not follow the drone right back to the operator and have them arrested. Instead, a claim is made with no evidence, firefighting delayed and the drone community blamed. There needs to be better flight procedures for reporting and catching the operators versus just saying there was a drone with no actionable evidence.
     
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    "No actionable evidence"... Wow, a man who fly's a toy quadcopter with a camera questions professional pilots when it comes to their safety. How do you know this claim "is made with no actual evidence"? You were not there. You were not flying one of the helos or fixed wing aircraft. You were not a spotter on the ground. You were not present as law enforcement. Or even as a civilian. You know nothing about this event and your comment reflects that.
     
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    I agree ...
     
  6. Seawolf

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    You're correct. I don't know and thank you for proving my point that many are very quick to blame the drone community. Professional pilots in London said their aircraft was hit by a drone. No drone found, now say a plastic bag. Start working on facts and evidence versus blindly accepting an opinion at 120 knots or more, in split seconds, to see and actually id an object as a drone versus a bird or trash. The FAA and law enforcement must work on facts and evidence or nothing changes other than bad mouthing a community, the majority of which is law abiding and well versed in the rules.

    The 'drone' that hit an incoming Heathrow plane probably wasn't a drone