Earlier this week, a drone nearly collided with an in-bound LAX passenger jet at around 4000′ altitude as it made its approach to land. The pilot reported the near miss to the control tower, stating that “there was just one of those radio controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000.”
Unfortunately, stories like this paint a grim future for the free use of drones for enthusiasts going forward. There is already a hotbed of bad press in recent news – from crashing on the White House lawn to crashing on a Fox News segment about drone safety.
One thing is for sure though; there are plenty enough idiots out there who are going to ruin this for the rest of us. The FAA is expected to issue rules this year that specifically deal with drones that includes small quadcopters like the DJI Phantom.