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Savannah Airport Says Near Miss with Drone is a Wake-up Call

Officials with the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport say an airliner landing there survived a near miss recently- not with another jet liner, but with a drone. To be more precise, a professional –style multi-copter, called by the FAA an Unmanned Aircraft System. That’s a lot of fancy names, but it’s all to point  out the difference between the little remote helicopters which weigh less than 10 pounds, and the killing machines flown into war zones by the U.S. Military. The military craft; those are drones.

But again, even the small model aircraft can prove a hazard to an airliner, not to mention the big, professional multi-rotor craft which carry large cameras for video and photography work.

The executive director of  the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, Greg Kelly  says these new remote control aerial systems are a part of the future that is here to stay. All the more reason, he says, that those who operate these machines put safety first, so that there are no disasters when one of these flying machines interferes with a commercial airliner. For more on the FAA’s safety regulations for operating remote control aircraft, head to the internet and look up FAA.gov and search UAS for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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