As of September 30, 2015, travel by air in the US will be significantly less safe than it is today. The reason for this is a new bill that is about to be signed into law by the President, which allows unmanned drones to fly freely in civil airspace.
To anyone who has spent many years in the aerospace industry, this will come as a complete shock. They know that the safety of personnel in air travel is paramount, and the whole industry is geared to maintaining safety standards at the highest level possible. This new law, however, will mix two completely separate systems which at present have no method of communication with each other.
We all know that without Air Traffic Control, planes just don’t get off the ground. We also know that drones are not included in the Air Traffic Control system, and therefore there is no way of controlling them directly. Unless the drone remote controllers can be integrated into the Air Traffic Control system in the short space of 3 years, there are going to be problems.
Exactly how big a problem is this likely to be? Well, we can get some answers from an article at http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29184 entitled “30,000 Drones To Fill American Skies By The End Of The Decade”.
And who do we have to thank for this mayhem? Why, the drone lobby of course! “This deadline, along with several other provisions were pushed by the US drone lobby group, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). In fact AUVSI boast on its website about helping to draft some of bill.”
This quotation is from http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29223 Drone lobby cracks open American Skies: “Enabling unmanned drones to fly freely in civil airspace”
The article was orignally published at http://dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/drone-lobby-cracks-open-us-skies-will-it-happen-in-the-uk/
I strongly recommend a regular visit to dronewarsuk.wordpress.com to check on the latest information.
What is driving the push to get these drones into our airspace? Well, if you Google for “drone market estimated value”, you will get varying answers – the biggest of them appears to be $95 billion in annual value. In addition to this, of course, there is the “enhanced security” aspect of the use of drones – a persuasive argument in todays political climate? Your opinion about that is likely to be very closely related to your opinion about the “war on terror” – is there such a thing, or are we talking about Don Quixote and windmills?
Of one thing I am certain. There is no way that I will be flying in US airspace any time soon!