As drones become more common, more drones get involved incidents. This is just the beginning and it will likely lead to tougher rules drone pilots.
Drones are gaining popularity as they become more affordable and easier to fly. With more drones in the air it is inevitable that there will be incidents.
Drones can go anywhere. That is why there are already rules by the FAA, but these rules are not preventing drone pilots from violating them. In a report this week the FAA says that for 2015 commercial pilots have reported 650 drone sightings. Operating drones near airplanes and helicopters is not only dangerous, but illegal.
Drones also got into direct contact with people and animals, which does not always end well for the drone. The latest encounter shows an impressive 2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle take down a drone in Australia.
It does not take a huge eagle to take down a drone. Last year a small hawk managed to do the same thing.
Not just birds win against drones. A kangaroo was able to land a punch on a drone taking it down in the video below.
Getting to close to humans with a drone is also not advisable. A viral video of a fisherman hooking a drone is just one example of what can happen.
In true American fashion a home owner took his small caliber shotgun to shoot down a drone that was over his backyard. There is no video of the incident available now. There was drone footage briefly online as described by Arstechnica.
It is quite possible that at some point drone pilots will be required to take a course and get a drone pilot license. Drones will have to carry an identification number that law enforcement is able to connect to the owner.
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The FAA has partnered with industry associations to launch the Know before you Fly Campaign that is aimed at educating drone hobbyists. The main rules include to fly below 400 feet, stay away from aircrafts and do not fly over persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property. The rules are summarized in this brochure.