Yesterday, somebody shared on social media a clip of a near-miss between a DJI Phantom drone and a small airplane. This post is not about the who, what, where, why, and when, as many of those details are unknown. Neither is it is about being the drone police. This article is about emphasizing the importance of safe and responsible drone flying, situational awareness, and keeping your drone within visual-line-of-sight, among other things, so that we can keep enjoying our hobby or profession and prevent dangerous situations like the one shown in this video.
Drone strike. What happens when a drone strikes the propeller of an airplane? Well, not that much really as you can see in this Youtube video where Jon Kotwicki flies a cheap Amazon drone into the spinning propeller of his airplane. The video was made as part of their ‘destroy an airplane series’ on Youtube and is definitely worth watching for any drone pilot.
Fyi: as of January 1st, 2020 DJI includes AirSense (ADS-B In) in all their new drones that weigh more than 250 grams, so that when a manned aircraft comes in the area where you are flying your drone you will get a warning.