FAA urged to get tougher with UAS airspace violators

August 27, 2015 By Patrick C. Miller
UAS Magazine

Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new list of pilot, air traffic and citizen reports covering 765 possible encounters with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from November last year to August this year.

The agency said the latest group of pilot reports shows dramatic rise in claims of drone encounters over the last 10 months.

In releasing the information, the FAA said: “Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, the FAA wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”

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