Pilots Mean Comments, Drone Edition – Pilots Views On Drones – Geeksvana Drone News Special!

Pilots Mean Comments, Drone Edition – Pilots Views On Drones – Geeksvana Drone News Special!

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welcome to Geeksvana, today we’re going to be doing something a little different
over the past few months I have been gathering together the opinions and
comments of general aviation pilots in an effort to reach out across the skies
and embrace those who we as drone flies share the sky with it was a lot of fun
and I met a lot of great people who are clearly passionate about their hobby and
profession today I thought it would share some of the more fun and serious
comments made we’ve protected part of the commenters name for privacy but
let’s have some fun first up and Peter G tells us you are not pilots you fly
plastic toys in the sky this does not make you a pilot
ouch Peter that hurts it should be remembered that it was not the drone
pilots who named themselves but the aviation authorities although especially
as a hobby flyer myself I do struggle to use the P word it would kind of be
similar to me buying a white coat in stethoscope I’ve been called a doctor
Jose P states I run a shooting range and the sole mission is to shoot down groan
I think I’ll be keeping a wide berth of mr. P although he then got a reply from
bill ow M who said I need a gun license on the more serious side of things we
also came across pilots of lights and smaller aircraft who had seen drones
being flown at high levels and close to their aircraft I tend to take these
reports a little more seriously than some of the 300 mile per hour triple7
reports simply because of the lower speeds and the altitudes in question one
pilots Alex our comments I’m a pilot and I don’t have any objections to drones
being flown legally having spotted drones at over 3,000 feet and having to
take evasive action however that was a different story concerning information
and Alex wasn’t alone with enf commenting that he also had come closer
to a drone in flight than he would wish I flew under one at Banbury at three and
a half thousand feet he also commented far too many utter morons using them
sadly although this mean comments video is intended to be some fun and a little
education in terms of learning about the views of those who we share the skies
with it did then a continue along this approach and take it more of a serious
line david ii comments that he has no issue
with drones and that they should be fitted with a DSB so aircraft can detect
them also commenting i’ve encountered a drone at six hundred feet on approach to
Inverness within the ATZ James L who states he himself is a drone hobbyist
with the Maverick Air comments I’ve had a near miss due to some idiot flying a
DJI inspire at two thousand three hundred feet near shopton he’s owned
continues this line commenting I’m a pc-12 pilot flying regularly between the
Med in UK I missed a drain by about fifty feet once at the outer marker no
bird has concerned me as much happy to contribute Maxwell s supports
registration in some form of drone pilot training commenting having had a near
miss Ross in the circuit a few weeks ago at staple food he also supports some
form of licensing of pilots and believes drones should be manufactured in a way
that they are bricked if tampered with to enable an eagle flight we also
received a lot of general comments about the fact that new rules will not help
the situation much as those who do not follow the rules at the moment will
simply ignore anything new as well interestingly throughout this experience
we didn’t get much hostility from the majority of pilots we were looking to
share the skies with US drone fliers and look for solutions to allow this there
seems to be a disconnect between the professional pilots themselves and the
authorities who seek to demonize drones and the industry rather than taking the
attitude of general aviation pilots themselves and look for genuine
solutions to the issue joseph’ our comments kids and their drone should go
play indoors or grow up and stop messing about with toys and Christie feels
strongly enough to state drones have a placed in serious industry only but
nonsense of idiots flying them in shared airspace is a nonsense and should stop
we’ve only been able to show a few of the comments made from the pilot forums
Facebook and whatsapp groups but interestingly Chris’s in the minority
with less than half a percent of commenters feeling that drones should
not be flown by hobbyists at all there were also some detailed and
lengthy answers which although cannot be shown in a short video I thank each
pilot for expressing as it has helped us to deepen a discussion online and
potentially bring our two groups a little closer general aviation pilots in
the vast majority do not wish the drone hobby any ill feelings in fact many of
them had Ronis themselves all they’re looking for is a way to ensure these two
types of aviation do not meet should be fair if I were a pilot of a light
aircraft a mine and my passenger safety restate I would want to see safe fly
from drone pilots as well let us know your thoughts and experiences in the
comments we really wanted to keep this discussion going and I want to see the
two groups actively engaging as this would prevent the authorities from
turning us against each other but their own reasons and agendas please remember
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  • Chris Hope

    Thanks Sean. I understand there concern and there’s a few that won’t abide by the rules. Not sure how to remedy that.

  • John of Drones

    I am curious since these stories of drone encounters above proscribed altitudes are so numerous and detailed if you were shown the aviation incident reports any of these pilots claimed to have filed. As is the case with most reported pilot sightings of UFOs it never fails to amaze me that nobody, pilot nor passenger, has been able to capture one of these errant drones on their cellphone cameras

  • Drone Seekers

    Thumbs up ere' Sean, great comments – we here in Spain met up with a pilot and concerning his views about drones in the sky. Understanding how drones fly and are concerns on low flying small aircraft. We all had a great chat and then went for a flight in his plane and could see how hard it would be to see a drone! Many thanks for sharing the info 🙂

  • brian forward

    Mmmmmmmm pilots…. toys or not toys as you say it's the dpt of transport that classified us as PILOTS as you rightly said ….I'm not going to use the D word UAV RC MODELS …..what I will say is
    stay well

  • tomas o sullivan

    interesting video and well put together sean .. to be honest its very hard to tell how many sightings from these pilots are actually true or if they do see something how many are actually drones ..great video

  • Mike Roche Media

    Very interesting to hear the different perspectives of both professional and general aviation pilots. One of my neighbors down the street was a UPS pilot. He had no problem with my drone in the neighborhood or anything like that. Of course he knew I was not going to go up to 3000 feet. Unfortunately many of the rules that are going to be applied to all of us are caused by the actions of a few idiots.

  • 123thedman1

    All the training and licencing in the world won't stop idiots who fly to high. The same old thing that is destroying our society, punish the many for the mistake of the few. Why not just punish the few. Anyway most drones built to have hight restrictions, people who fly modern dji drones should be left alone. DJI drone are limited to hight and where they can fly.

  • Robin's FPV Flights

    Can we please try and let pilots, and public in general, know that not all drones are drones.
    Not all are manufactured.
    Not all have GPS, flight recorders, barometers, altitude hold, stability modes, or some don't even have flight controllers. Not all of them are large enough for measures such as transponders.
    Not all of them weight more than 150g.

  • Bill Somrak

    So called "General Aviation Pilots" (Private Pilots) are now a rare breed .. compared to the 'Golden Age' of private aircraft. I remember when you could buy a brand new Cessna 150 for $7000, or a brand new Piper Colt for $6000. After the lawyers learned that they could sue everybody & everything, there are very few private pilots left in so-called general aviation. BTW, I did my share of flying in small light aircraft, from Aeroncas to Pipers, to Cessnas. I've also been flying Radio Controlled aircraft of various types for over 55 years. I've seen moronic private pilots flying at an altitude of 50 ft over the surface of Lake Erie in NE Ohio. So, who's invading whose airspace? Frankly, I am quick to dismiss reports of UAVs flying at altitudes over 2500 ft AGL, after all the proven mis-identifications of such 'threats'. (look at the stats: over the past 10 years, there have been thousands of aircraft damaged or brought down by 'bird strikes' .. ZERO brought down by hobbyist UAVs) Lastly, those guys, who are WEALTHY enough to still be able to fly in so-called 'general aviation' aircraft (which now cost $250,000 and up), tend to be the type who look down on anyone out of their wealth class .. thus the lowly hobbyist drone pilots are all peons to them. Let them continue to drink their Cognac in their snifters with their noses in the air!

  • Phillip Holmes

    yeah.. well i've reported three choppers this month for flying at 400 feet in a congested area in class G airspace. They don't follow the rules either but if a drone goes through their windshield, the drone op is at fault. How is that fair?

  • neil walt

    Geeksvana, this might be of some interest for you. https://www.fpvuk.org/fpv-uk-response-to-house-of-commons-science-and-technology-committee-drone-report/?fbclid=IwAR044rBProH52rODhxm2S-VcsgNaHJORdWMdDtS3u96xQmx4uGkhr4eQvCs

  • JAS Aerial

    First this was a excellent article and really enjoyed the feedback. Great work to my friend and fellow newshound Geeksvana. As for a shared personal experience I own several "special" drones that have a unique history. To me they are priceless and I take extreme care of them. I always fly them in clear airspace well away from airports etc. I always use my apps to determine that it is safe to fly and stay well under the 400 ft limit. I rarely see a need to fly over 250 ft while filming a target or scenic area. If I hear an aircraft I immediately drop to the lowest safe return altitude I can and return the drone to me while searching for the aircraft. Once i confirm the aircraft has left the area i will then return the drone to where it was. On 2 occasions I was buzzed by aircraft flying in the same airspace (aka altitude) I was in. In both cases I heard the aircraft just minutes before they were overhead. In every case i pushed the drone to the lowest possible altitude that was safely possible and returned to me. I hope other pilots consider this and try to do the same thing. Always maintain line of sight and keep to a reasonable altitude for what you are doing.


    It is always interesting to hear the different opinions of drones these days. I can fully understand the concern from commercial pilots. There are a lot of idiots out there with no regard for airspace, giving good drone hobbyists a bad rap.

  • G Wal

    If there are detailed studies of the effects of drone hits on passenger aircraft of different sizes and at different speeds then I would like to see it. Anyone got a link? Bird strikes are common of course as they can not be controlled as to where they fly and planes are generally built to withstand these strikes, even direct intake to an engine. Would a drone hit be similar to a bird strike? The new up coming EU regulations seems to address this to keep drones away from aircraft but as you have said, this will not stop the rogue drone operator. I do see a future where we will have crowded skies with thousands of Amazon delivery drones zipping around, Just Eat drones delivering Pizzas, security services flying thousands of surveillance drones instead of bobbies on the beat, flying cars and flying Uber taxis… somewhere up there will be a dwindling number of hobby drone flyers trying to find an open space amid increasing restrictions.
    Going rogue may be the best and only thing to do. I can envisage a whole ant-establishment subculture arising dedicated to producing and flying stealth drones, ones that have been hacked to remove all identification and tracking and all flying limiters, and painted black for night flying (no strobe lights) and light blue/grey camouflage for day flying. Tiny home manufactured Drones with full capabilities but even smaller and lighter than the Mavic Mini. A large market of unmarked components to add to 3D printed chassis. Mass protest rogue drone flights, in coordinated swarms. The Drone Underground in born.

  • Vince Hogg

    I am a commercial pilot and Airbus instructor, a drone user(PFCO),
    a private pilot, microlight pilot and RC flyer. Regarding whether drones can be
    spotted by fast commercial planes; Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a bird
    of some sort. If you happen to be looking in the right direction, anything
    moving against the background gets the eyes attention, even at 300kts. If spotted,
    its possible to take a reasonable guess at the species i.e. Seagull, Corvid, Buzzard,
    Kite, Pigeon etc, even if only seen for a split second. Its reasonable to
    assume that drones could be seen in the same way, however as I said, you do
    need to be looking in the right direction and most of the time we are not even
    looking out. This begs the question, if there is a low probability of looking
    in the right direction and I still see birds most days, how many pass close by
    unnoticed? Likewise, if just some drone near-misses are true, how many go unnoticed?

    On the subject of how much damage could a drone do to a plane; A moderate sized (1kg) drone
    is extremely unlikely to bring down an airliner however that’s the wrong yardstick to use. 80% of birdstrikes cause no
    damage at all. All have to be cleaned and inspected (can be done by crew,
    depending on location of hit) and signed off if there is ‘no damage’. Damage includes
    flaked or scratched paint. If there is ANY sign of damage then a full
    engineer inspection is required. This could (and does) ground the plane for hours if no
    engineer is on site. A drone, in my opinion, will always cause some damage,
    from scratches upward to written off engine.

    Geeksvana: Nice informative channel. I like the ‘to the point’
    low waffle count. Let me know if I can be any help. (check my channel).

  • Brant Aerials

    I understand the indignation of pilots who see drones at over 1000 feet. I always stay well clear of anything in the sky as I have an investment in my drone. We all need to be ambassadors for our hobby/profession and act and speak respectfully to the public, law enforcement and those who we share the airspace with.
    Thanks for sharing the views of pilots. It helps us all understand their mindset.

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