Right of Way

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I’m arguing with a bunch of people on another forum.

They all claim that if you see an oncoming plane or helicopter, you immediately descend.  I recall reading to immediately turn right along with the plane approaching if they see the drone.  Is this correct?  I even recall this Q on my exam.



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That’s a useless hypothetical question because the answer is different for every situation. It is totally possible to descend into the flight path of a helicopter, the same is true on any direction you turn.  

GA aircraft aren’t going to appear out of nowhere, you should be able to see and hear them at more than half a mile away.  Most of the time when I see a plane or helicopter I continue doing what I’m doing. If the distance starts to close I usually just stop and hover until I can determine the best way to proceed. The earlier you know  where the plane is relative to the drone the longer you have to make the right decision. 

If you find yourself where you have to react immediately because of your proximity to a manned aircraft it means there were other cascading events that led to the situation.  But every situation is different and people who mindlessly chop the throttle probably shouldn’t be allowed to fly UAVs at all.

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6 hours ago, Ryan Wesley Deremo said:

 Is this correct?

Hey Ryan.

The regs are not that extensive nor difficult to look up.  For the answer, just look it up.



§107.37   Operation near aircraft; right-of-way rules.

(a) Each small unmanned aircraft must yield the right of way to all aircraft, airborne vehicles, and launch and reentry vehicles. Yielding the right of way means that the small unmanned aircraft must give way to the aircraft or vehicle and may not pass over, under, or ahead of it unless well clear.

(b) No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft so close to another aircraft as to create a collision hazard.

So, that's it.  Don't interfere or cause a situation.  We react to manned aircraft basically as  @Av8Chuck explained.


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