Following several recent similar incidents with drones flying much higher than the FAA-mandated 400-foot recreational altitude, another incident occurred Monday as a Southwest passenger jet attempted to land. The pilot reported flying just under what seemed to be a red recreational helicopter drone at 4,000 feet: "Hey, there was just one of those radio-controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000."
The full audio can be heard through NBC's clip online or in the linked video above from CBS (although their depiction of a drone similar to the Predator drone is misleading, as the one in question was almost certainly a recreational and/or video drone).
Unfortunately, time is proving the public to be untrustworthy when it comes to making decisions about playing with its newest favorite toys. Perhaps this is to be expected, however, as someone will always be there to push (or simply blow through) the limits.
Congress has given the FAA until the end of this year to outline specific rules to handle drone flight as talks continue to lead from outright banning to the requirement of a pilot's license, and more.
[via NBC Los Angeles]