A study of the united states in drone safety has suggested that collisions with aircraft are the most harmful to the birds.
He said that the current aircraft manufacturing standards are not suitable for the growth of drone use but stopped short of saying that the success could be fatal.
The Federal Aviation Authority has said that working with drone-makers to develop technology to detect and avoid the aircraft.
It is estimated that there will be 2.3 million drones in operation by the end of this year.
The FAA’s study is recreated in a collision between a drone and an aircraft using a computer simulation.
Models of two types of drone – the DJI Phantom 3 Standard quadcopter and a fixed-wing Precision Hawk Lancaster hawkeye III were used.
A team of researchers from four universities conducted the research, using drones weighing 2.7 m to 8 lb (1.2 kg 3.6 kg).
The test, conducted over 14 months, considered to be 140 scenarios, including the risk of a battery fire after an accident.
It has been concluded that airborne collisions may introduce “a significant economic weight” for aircraft operators, due to downtime and repairs.
He stressed that the windshield on the aircraft are particularly vulnerable to being damaged.The complex field
There are two recorded cases of a drone collision with an aircraft.
The first, in Canada, occurred in the month of October. The drone struck the wing of an airplane, but the plane sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely.
The second, in the US, involving a military helicopter again landed in safety, but with damage to its main rotor blades.
A similar study in the UK, conducted by the military research firm Qinetiq, on behalf of the government of the UNITED kingdom – suggested that drone strikes may cause critical damage to planes.
The report has been criticized for the fact that it was released, in summary form, making it difficult to see the test methodology and the type of drone used in the test phase.
The Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe has asked that the government has released the full test results of the study.
The British government has given the proposed licensing for all drone operators, starting from the next year.
In response to the FAA study, the Department of Transportation, told The Register: “This is a new and technically complex field of research is essential to ensure that all risks are adequately addressed. The department is taking into consideration the research in the UNITED states, and will seek to further engage with the FAA on this issue.”