Barcelona-Paris vs drone flight: a “near miss” posing questions

AF-A320After a wave of flights overs nuclear power plants by drones, media reported this week an incident that saw an Airbus A320 of Air France graze in a drone its approach to Roissy on 19 February. The incident, it must be remembered, had no effect, sees the community of fans dronistes put in the dock, including professionals who, through the voice of the french Professional Federation of Civil Drone, call for hardening of the French legislation vis-à-vis recreational drones which is nevertheless one of the most advanced in the world.

The BEA classifies the “near miss” with a drone as serious incident

A brief dispatch published by the Accident Investigation Bureau has set fire to the powder there two days. The co-pilot of Air France Flight Barcelona-Paris claims to have spotted a drone in the path of his unit who allegedly forced to disconnect the autopilot to avoid the drone would have happened than 5 m under the left wing of A320 Airbus. The apparatus is then in the approach phase to a 5.500 altitude of feet (1.675 meters) at a speed of 220 knots. A chance meeting that the co-pilot immediately reported to the captain as well as air traffic control and which is now the subject of an investigation by the BEA that was classified as a serious incident. A Le Monde article mentions that the Force received seven reports of illegal overflights around Charles de Gaulle airport for the whole of 2015.

in front of the media frenzy that followed, the dronistes forums members have highlighted some of the issues that pose the incredible story of the copilot. While the weather was bad that day, how could he locate a small drone early enough to have time to over 400 km / h, disconnect the autopilot and perform a “soft resource” allowing aircraft pass over the drone. The altitude of the incident is rather high for a leisure drone, well above what is permitted by the regulation but it is quite feasible. YouTube is full of videos unconscious pilot flying altitude records with recreational drones. A Russian and claims an altitude of 4565 m achieved with DJI Phantom 1 batteries boosted by 17 minute flight and it only takes 4 minutes to a vertical flight DJI Phantom 2 reaches the altitude of 1,500 m. The hypothesis of a leisure drone can not be ruled out, as the drone of a heavier, more easily spotted from afar, and capable of flying long enough to cross at this relatively high altitude is plausible.This version of the “pro” drone, mentioned on the national media, which is obviously challenged by professionals. A statement from the Federation Professionelle du Drone Civil (FPDC/ the french professional federation of civil UAV) said that all professionals drone see the theft of their device limited to 150 m for the regulation of 2012 and the airport approach zones are obviously prohibited their activities unless special procedure. For professionals, no doubt is possible, it is a hobby drone that was found in the way of this Airbus and is now an urgent need to better regulate this practice. The press believes that the hundreds of thousands of recreational users of its drones risk generators for users of the airspace but also for people on the ground, sensitive installations, but also the privacy of each.

The “pros” want to clean the air recreational drones

Many risks are already covered by existing regulations but the PDGF seems to prefer putting oil rather than wait for the findings of the investigation the BEA. The war is waged the “pros” and leisure dronistes know a new episode and the CDPF advantage of the incident to push the government to take action in an emergency. The statement calls for a ban on the sale of more than 500 g drones amateurs and clamp them to 50 m and 100 m distance. In short, you can not buy a bigger one Bebop drone of Parrot, the “detention” of Phantom 3 becoming liable to the law … professional openly advantage of the incident to clip the wings of amateurs who affect their business risk of uberisation obvious.SkyhawkRC-F900- Octocopter It is urgent to await the findings of the investigation the BEA. Since the co-pilot appears to have distinctly seen the drone behind the incident, it should be possible to decide between leisure drone and drone “pro”, but besides this trench warfare between these two worlds, the growth in the number drones sold not be completed by a tightening of legislation.Compulsory registration of drones above a certain weight, as it came into force in the United States, makes sense only if the drone is destroyed or seized by the police. In the case of the incident flight Barcelona-Paris, it would not have changed so it is likely we will not escape an obligation to take a type of transponder ADS-B on drones so that they appear on the screen of the air traffic controllers. The industrialists are working on ultra-light models compatible with the ability of drones under 10 kg. One can imagine that during the next few incidents drones should be a great springboard for this type of solutions.

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“The FPDC attack!” Helicomicro, March 5, 2016

L’incident Roissy intervened between an airliner and a drone reinforces the urgent implementation of the future law on recreational drones. “ FPDC press release, March 5, 2016

“near collision at Roissy” HelicoMicro, March 4, 2016

“Cinq issues around the collision avoided between a drone and an Airbus Air France “, Le Monde, March 4, 2016

“Incident grave of a registered Airbus A320 F-GKXT operated by Air France flight occurred in the 02/19/16 “ Press BEA

“An ADS-B transponder to identify the drones in the airspace” , Aerobuzz, December 18, 2015


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