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Airline pilots “very concerned” about drones


Air Line Pilots Association in US demands regulation
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), based in North America, is calling for more effort to investigate safety issues presented by unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.
According to the United States’ aviation authority the Federal Aviation Administration, “pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014 to more than 650 by August 9 of this year.”
Tim Canoll, president of ALPA, which represents more than 52,000 US and Canadian pilots, told ATW that members of his union are “very concerned” about UAVs. “Regulators and the public are trying to play catch-up on the technology,” he said.
Among other measures, ALPA wants the installation of “geo-fencing” technology that would prevent small UAVs from operating within a certain distance of airports; registration of UAVs so owners can be found after an incident; and “more formalized” enforcement against operators violating airspace used by passenger aircraft.


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