Study: Encroaching Drone Not Usually Visible to Pilots Approaching Runway

Manned aircraft pilots approaching a runway usually cannot spot an encroaching small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), especially if it’s not moving, claims a new study from Oklahoma State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

During an airborne human factors experiment, certificated pilots failed to see a common type of quadcopter during 28 of 40 close encounters, according to the researchers.

In other words, the pilots got a bead on the invading drone in 12 out of 40 cases, or only about 30% of the time. When the drone was not moving, the task...

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