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When The Manned Aircraft System (mas) Is The Right Tool Instead Of The Uas

Could You Spot the Drone? Come Fly Along.

This recent training flight of mine gives you a good perspective of how difficult it would be for an airplane or a helicopter to spot a drone if a collision was likely.

The video also demonstrates good crew coordination and communications. This is what is needed between an RPIC and a VO, for example.

There is so much going on in the cockpit that, frankly, there is no time to worry about any drone flying where it should not.

I am the pilot of a Cessna 182 callsign FIRE DEMON 1 for the Wake Forest Fire Department out of Raleigh-Durham International airport.

While we are holding short of the runway, we see the FAA aircraft pass while checking the instrument approaches’ accuracy.

The Wake Forest Fire Department flight consists of Steve as Pilot in Command (PIC) and Andrew as Tactical Flight Officer (TFO). This flight takes you on an ILS practice approach.

About Steve Rhode

The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.

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