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Old 20th Feb 2018, 09:49
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John Eacott
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Age: 71
Posts: 4,145
If there were no control of drones intruding on bushfire ops how many drones would constitute a hazard, chopjock?



A dozen?

How would you control such an intrusion? Why do you think that drones are forbidden to be flown near airfields if they are only (according to you) the equivalent of a bird flying around?

I've dealt with birds up to eagle size on NSW fires and they are predictable and manageable. A drone being controlled by a human with random and erratic flight paths is both difficult to predict and almost impossible to manage in the intense operations within a bushfire and is a definite hazard which deserves to be banned from such an environment.
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