Given the number of hobby-shop small unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAS) — more popularly known as drones — taking to the skies and the altitudes at which they are being spotted by civil aviation pilots, it’s probably a safe bet that the chances of an accidental mid-air collision is increasing. Business aircraft would seem especially at risk, since they utilize many more airports across the country than commercial airplanes.
The question is what, if anything, can be done to reduce the dangers associated with such encounters?
Bruce Preiss, lead researcher at Ohio-based Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) thinks he may have at least a partial solution. He created a website and app called GoFlyZone.org for drone operators to upload their flight plans before taking to the skies. Air traffic controllers and flight crews can access the information to check drone activity.