Watch Where You Fly That Drone

Current technology allows us to do many amazing things. Taking a trip around the world is easily done and many people complete them every day. Navigation to almost anywhere is capable with the device in your pocket. Four blades drones fly high for fun, photography and more… but sometimes people can misuse technology, or not think about what the ramifications of their actions are.

Drones have become abundant as technology to operate them has become easily found in everyone’s pockets. Prices have fallen to fairly affordable levels for these little aircraft, and more can be found flying around every day. Nothing is inherently wrong with a drone, or operating one. Flying aircraft, even model planes, has long been a hobby for many people. Problems start to creep in when people use them in unsafe ways.

Unsafe use of a drone isn’t just something that can impact a single person who may have been struck by a drone. Many videos exist online of a wedding temporarily derailed when a photographer trying to use a drone loses control and hits the new couple. While these situation may be humorous, or cause a minor problem in an event, when these come to the airport, things get a bit more serious.

There does seem to be a growing trend of flying drones around airports. American Airlines pilots crossed paths with one in Miami only a few days ago. By no means an isolated incident, a TV show focusing on Emirates operations, spent an episode showing how shutting down an airport to track down a drone and either disable it can be time consuming and back up the landing schedule for aircraft.

While on the whole, these incidents are done by very few people. It does bear the question, why fly a drone around passenger aircraft? That is an excellent question, and one I’m not totally sure I know how to answer. Possibly enthusiasts watching airplanes want a closer view. Maybe these are just drone pilots who live in the area and didn’t know how close they were to a flight path.

No matter how you look at it, while this is a growing trend, it isn’t currently a regular thing that happens daily at single airports.

The best solution here is likely to educate the public, and ban them around airports. This will not cause everyone to stop, but will likely reduce the problem immensely. Just keep in mind that if you own a drone, even if you love airplanes, don’t fly them around airports. Each plane has hundreds of passengers on board and damaging an aircraft in the middle of a landing or takeoff is a major safety hazard.

Let The Snow Flow

As many of you are most likely aware of at this point, much of the East Coast is in the middle of a "blizzard." With the snow often comes travel delays, cancellations and interrupted plans. Due to the storm's predicted severity, many airlines preemptively cancelled flights and interrupted plans for many passengers. 

Almost all of the airlines are significantly impacted by this storm. American Airlines has hubs in JFK, Philadelphia and Charlotte. Delta has hubs in JFK and Atlanta. United has a hub in Newark. All of this means not only massive delays for those flying out from those cities, it also means huge delays and headaches for anyone connecting through these cities including a majority of international travel to Europe, Middle East and more. Living in Philadelphia, I can say that we are certainly raking in the snow at the moment, 8.8 inches where I live as of 6am this morning.

With all of the craziness that comes with air travel for most people, the last thing anyone wants is to re-book their trip. Most of the airlines have ways of making changes due to weather, without paying the normal fee. 

Here's where to go to make changes to your flights.

Those are the major carriers in the United States, other carriers have similar policies and can be re-booked, fees removed, even refunds in some cases. Look to your carriers website for more information if you don't know what your options are in these cases.