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(Tampa Bay Online)   And if you look out to the left, ladies and gentlemen, you will see a military drone about to smash into our plane   (tbo.com) divider line 50
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2014-05-10 12:04:10 AM
This is why I never fly Jetblue.
 
2014-05-10 12:56:05 AM
How does subby know it was a military drone?
 
2014-05-10 03:26:35 AM
manufactured incident to use as ammo to delay allowing drones for commercial use.
 
2014-05-10 03:29:06 AM

gfid: manufactured incident to use as ammo to delay allowing drones for commercial use.


Do you find Reynolds Wrap fits well, or do you prefer the off brand to keep the CIA Cafeteria broadcasts out of your teeth?
 
2014-05-10 03:31:12 AM

fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.
 
2014-05-10 03:39:18 AM
How could the pilot tell it was a drone and not one of the larger RC airplanes?
 
2014-05-10 03:39:46 AM
Civilian (commercial) aviation is limited to specific corridors and altitudes. AFAIR most airspace is offlimits to civilians. You'd think "military" drones would have no problem keeping separated from those lanes.
 
2014-05-10 03:40:42 AM

Coming on a Bicycle: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.


The article seems to describe a relatively small drone.  Aren't military drones farking huge?
 
2014-05-10 03:48:31 AM

Emposter: Coming on a Bicycle: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.


The article seems to describe a relatively small drone.  Aren't military drones farking huge?


Not all of them...

t3.gstatic.com

The Black Hornet Nano, used by the British Army in Afghanistan.
 
2014-05-10 03:48:51 AM
imageshack.com
 
2014-05-10 03:55:29 AM

fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Because subby is either one of the I HATE THE GOVERMENT MILITARY SUX tinfoil hat brigade, or subby is headlining for max-troll bait. Or, you know, both.

Chances are near 100% it was some douchebag local boy getting a "dude, check this out!" photo of the side of a commercial plane, and said douchebag is now in hiding in mommy's basement desperately trying to figure out alibis beginning with "Drone? What drone?"
 
2014-05-10 04:02:05 AM

Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Because subby is either one of the I HATE THE GOVERMENT MILITARY SUX tinfoil hat brigade, or subby is headlining for max-troll bait. Or, you know, both.

Chances are near 100% it was some douchebag local boy getting a "dude, check this out!" photo of the side of a commercial plane, and said douchebag is now in hiding in mommy's basement desperately trying to figure out alibis beginning with "Drone? What drone?"


Fark: It's not news, it's trolltastic advertising revenue.

Better article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/travel/unmanned-drone-danger/index.html ? hpt=hp_t2
 
2014-05-10 04:02:11 AM

Driver: Emposter: Coming on a Bicycle: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.

The article seems to describe a relatively small drone.  Aren't military drones farking huge?

Not all of them...



The Black Hornet Nano, used by the British Army in Afghanistan.


*dink*
Did someone hear something?
IT'S A DRONE!
 
2014-05-10 04:03:58 AM
The FAA has investigated the incident, but in a statement released tpdau said it had been unable to identify the pilot or the drone's operator.

OK, so google suggests that's a typo for "today", which, glancing at my keyboard, makes sense.

But how farking difficult is it to splel-check before publishing?

/And FLORIDA tag should trump all others, no?
//At least one deliberate error in this comment.
 
2014-05-10 04:06:24 AM

Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Because subby is either one of the I HATE THE GOVERMENT MILITARY SUX tinfoil hat brigade, or subby is headlining for max-troll bait.


Not subby, but THIS is how you drone troll:

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-05-10 04:07:49 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

click click drone.
 
2014-05-10 04:08:17 AM

fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


img3.wikia.nocookie.net
Subby would prefer another target, a military target?
 
2014-05-10 04:47:07 AM

hardinparamedic: gfid: manufactured incident to use as ammo to delay allowing drones for commercial use.

Do you find Reynolds Wrap fits well, or do you prefer the off brand to keep the CIA Cafeteria broadcasts out of your teeth?


This doesn't work. I still hear everything.
 
2014-05-10 05:07:56 AM

hardinparamedic: gfid: manufactured incident to use as ammo to delay allowing drones for commercial use.

Do you find Reynolds Wrap fits well, or do you prefer the off brand to keep the CIA Cafeteria broadcasts out of your teeth?


I order it from China.  All the stuff they sell in the US has been rendered useless by the NSA
 
2014-05-10 05:29:06 AM

gfid: hardinparamedic: gfid: manufactured incident to use as ammo to delay allowing drones for commercial use.

Do you find Reynolds Wrap fits well, or do you prefer the off brand to keep the CIA Cafeteria broadcasts out of your teeth?

I order it from China.  All the stuff they sell in the US has been rendered useless by the NSA


Now u are a passive recipe en for the nsa. They record everything you see/hear then
 
2014-05-10 05:50:49 AM

Emposter: Coming on a Bicycle: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.

The article seems to describe a relatively small drone.  Aren't military drones farking huge?


No. There are four classes actually; everything from small passenger jet-size, down to fits in the palm of your hand.
 
2014-05-10 05:53:03 AM
The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?
 
2014-05-10 06:01:31 AM

fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Because most of the commercial (photography, race tracking, etc) drones don't go that high... there are some, but they're few and far between, largely operated by surveying/mining/logging companies, and by people smart enough to know to stay away from the airport.... military pilots have more of a "we'll do what we need to do, you'll adjust" attitude that would explain the encounter.
 
2014-05-10 06:04:06 AM

jayessell: The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?


who flies a hobby plain at 2k+ feet... I mean, you can barely see it... half the fun of flying model planes is seeing them do the neat shiat... at that altitude, it's pointless.
 
2014-05-10 06:08:14 AM

mutterfark: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

[img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 450x438]
Subby would prefer another target, a military target?


Funnily enough, the Grand Moff's voice was in my head when I typed that.
 
2014-05-10 06:09:18 AM

firefly212: jayessell: The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?

who flies a hobby plain at 2k+ feet... I mean, you can barely see it... half the fun of flying model planes is seeing them do the neat shiat... at that altitude, it's pointless.


Unless you're trying to hit a plane, which can be fun in its own right
 
2014-05-10 06:18:50 AM

Coming on a Bicycle: Emposter: Coming on a Bicycle: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Exactly. It was probably some redneck clown who now really, really does not want to be found.

The article seems to describe a relatively small drone.  Aren't military drones farking huge?

No. There are four classes actually; everything from small passenger jet-size, down to fits in the palm of your hand.


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-10 06:33:56 AM

firefly212: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?

Because most of the commercial (photography, race tracking, etc) drones don't go that high... there are some, but they're few and far between, largely operated by surveying/mining/logging companies, and by people smart enough to know to stay away from the airport.... military pilots have more of a "we'll do what we need to do, you'll adjust" attitude that would explain the encounter.



Really?  Because last time I checked, I get in a world of shiat with my battalion commander when I violate FARs.

/Can't RTFA, won't load at work.
 
2014-05-10 06:50:35 AM
 
2014-05-10 06:54:44 AM

Triumph: Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Because subby is either one of the I HATE THE GOVERMENT MILITARY SUX tinfoil hat brigade, or subby is headlining for max-troll bait.

Not subby, but THIS is how you drone troll:


You're right... That is impressively trolltastic
 
2014-05-10 07:53:55 AM
Not if, but when. Keep flying.
 
2014-05-10 08:24:17 AM
Obama's AmeriKa
 
2014-05-10 08:28:09 AM

jayessell: The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?


This.

2,300 feet would make all but the largest RC planes invisible from the ground.  I guess it could have been a FPV controlled one but that is still very, very high.

Further, if it really was that large and not prop driven, then it probably had a turbine and cost as much as a good used car.

I do not know who owns it, but it is not your average 'good old boy'.
 
2014-05-10 08:31:13 AM
FTFA: The risk for a small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to be ingested into a passenger airline engine is very real," Williams told the conference.

OM NOM NO *CRASH!*
 
2014-05-10 08:45:40 AM
Probably just a $200 quadcopter
 
2014-05-10 09:05:09 AM

firefly212: who flies a hobby plain at 2k+ feet... I mean, you can barely see it... half the fun of flying model planes is seeing them do the neat shiat... at that altitude, it's pointless.


Short of chartering a plane with a pilot who wants to get his license revoked, how else are you gonna get a fantastic shot of a jet in flight?
 
2014-05-10 09:16:16 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: FTFA: The risk for a small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to be ingested into a passenger airline engine is very real," Williams told the conference.

OM NOM NO *CRASH!*


That whole "ingested" part made me cringe a little... as though airline engines are like Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors.
 
2014-05-10 09:31:50 AM
The ABC Evening News got it right.

Man, how CBS has fallen since Cronkite left.

Also:
Thanks justgetitright, my first "This".
 
2014-05-10 09:52:47 AM

firefly212: jayessell: The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?

who flies a hobby plain at 2k+ feet... I mean, you can barely see it... half the fun of flying model planes is seeing them do the neat shiat... at that altitude, it's pointless.


Somebody flying with goggles instead of using line-of-sight as required by law.
 
2014-05-10 09:57:33 AM
We're fighting them over here so we don't have to fight them over there
 
2014-05-10 10:18:05 AM

Nocrash: firefly212: jayessell: The erroneous reporting of this story is a bigger story.
The CBS evening news lead us to believe it was a Phantom quadcopter,
while the pilot's report is of a model F4 Phantom.
(I don't think the similar names is the issue.)

I thought the target practice drones were orange.
This one was painted in camouflage.

That would make it a high end Hobby model, maybe with
a real jet engine. $$$?

who flies a hobby plain at 2k+ feet... I mean, you can barely see it... half the fun of flying model planes is seeing them do the neat shiat... at that altitude, it's pointless.

Somebody flying with goggles instead of using line-of-sight as required by law.


Assuming you are in the US, exactly what law would be broken by using FPV goggles?

Difficulty:  AMA guidelines are not law.
 
2014-05-10 10:37:23 AM
ObamaDrones
 
2014-05-10 10:40:54 AM
Once again:

A radio controlled helicopter (available at your local shopping mall for $99.00)
i.ebayimg.com

A military "Drone"
i2.cdn.turner.com

/any media source out there recognize the obvious difference ??
 
2014-05-10 10:41:04 AM
That almost happened to me over Baghdad. Cessna vs. Predator. Would not have been pretty.
 
2014-05-10 12:27:25 PM
ts3.mm.bing.net
What an unidentified drone may look like.
 
2014-05-10 01:41:58 PM
Tallahassee, huh? Well, let's see what a drone looks like according to the Tallahassee Democrat...

www.gannett-cdn.com
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2014/05/09/flight-close- ca ll-drone-near-tallahassee-airport-march/8929761/
 
2014-05-10 02:00:41 PM

fusillade762: How does subby know it was a military drone?


Especially since the media uses the word "drone" for everything from hobby anything r/c that flies to if I put a gopro cam on a paper airplane and threw it out of my window.
 
2014-05-10 04:07:17 PM

StopLurkListen: Civilian (commercial) aviation is limited to specific corridors and altitudes. AFAIR most airspace is offlimits to civilians. You'd think "military" drones would have no problem keeping separated from those lanes.


Um, what?

Unless a bit of airspace is specifically restricted, it's open to any piloted aircraft.

Drones are generally supposed to stay in Class G airspace.  This one wasn't.

Here's a good overview of how it works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airspace_class_%28United_States%29
 
2014-05-10 04:21:51 PM

JustGetItRight: I do not know who owns it, but it is not your average 'good old boy'.


Somebody flying something as big as this at 2000+ feet AGL, has some serious money invested in it. $5-10K minimum. People like that usually use RC flying clubs, not landing approach airspace for a major airport.

I almost wonder if the owner had a radio malfunction. Maybe lost range on it.
 
2014-05-10 10:19:41 PM

StopLurkListen: Civilian (commercial) aviation is limited to specific corridors and altitudes. AFAIR most airspace is offlimits to civilians. You'd think "military" drones would have no problem keeping separated from those lanes.


Not really. As long as you do the proper paper work or are flying VFR there aren't that many restrictions.
 
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