I’ve read articles about how various drone sightings are freaking out pilots of major airlines. I certainly can’t speak to what it’s like to fly a plane or what it looks like out the cockpit window – having had only a 1/2-hour lesson in a Cessna once about 10 years ago. I’ve debated whether or not I should write about this because I know the sh*t storm that could ensue, but I think I’d be hard-pressed to see a drone out the window of an airplane. But that’s me. I don’t have the trained eye of a pilot. It’s different up there. Kinda like when I was in Africa and the guides kept seeing all the animals. I had no idea what I was looking at having never experienced it – that’s why they’re the experts. That being said, I can speak to what it looks like from the other perspective and can only assume that it’s a similar view. I know my pilot friends may have a lot to say on the matter and I certainly invite it because both sides need to be considered as the public moves into a new era of unmanned craft hovering around your neighborhoods. I think I’ve done a pretty good job at using common sense since I’ve had the aerial camera. I’ve only had one complaint and that person was questionable at best.
Anyway, can you see the small aircraft (prop plane) in this image? It was flying near my house and I was very nervous about it so I brought the drone back towards me. The plane was relatively close (probably just took off from the local airport) and I could clearly see it from my vantage point on the ground. Look really closely. It took me a little bit to find it and I knew it was there. Now, keep in mind that I’m probably below the plane so seeing it would be easier than it seeing me. I have a more contrasting background from my viewpoint.
Look out! I’m hovering at 374 feet by the way.