A Delta flight has a close encounter with a “unmanned aircraft”.
On November 7th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that a Delta Airlines subsidiary, Endeavor Air Flight, had reported that they encountered a “unmanned aircraft” close to Boston Logan International airport Wednesday morning.
The FAA confirmed that at 11:15 am the flight crew reported seeing the drone about 15 miles northwest of the airport. Their flight that originated in Philadelphia International Airport was landing at Boston Logan International Airport when the incident occurred. Luckily the flight landed safely and did not have to divert to a different airport to avoid the drone. No injuries were reported but this brings up the continue threat of potential issues that are arising from additional drone traffic in our skies.
FAA Laws & Regulations For Flying Drones in US
- Operator must be 16 years of age
- Must hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of someone holding a remote pilot airman certificate
- Must pass the applicable Transportation Security Administration (TSA) vetting
Aircraft Requirements – Aircraft must be registered if it weights more than 0.55 lbs, unless it is exclusively operated in compliance with Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (Special Rule for Model Aircraft)
- Must be less than 55lbs
- Must be registered if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs
- Must undergo pre-flight check for safe operating conditions
- Location Requirements – Must be five miles from airports without providing advanced notification to airport and air traffic control Class G airspace Operating Rules