Since the FAA has publically stated that there is a “dramatic rise” in “drone sightings and near misses” should the NTSB be concerned that there is a burgeoning safety issue? Therefore, may we suggest that starting now, all “drone sightings” reported by air carrier crews will be fully investigated, including immediately quarantining the airplane’s CVR and FDR for examination, a full download of ATC radar and voice recordings, and full interviews of the flight crew and air traffic controllers by NTSB investigators in order to best identify the “perpetrators”.
Huerta told ABC News on November 30th –
“The thing that I am most concerned about is doing everything we can to avoid conflicts between aircraft – whether they’re drones or commercial airliners,”
If this is an issue of such high concern to the FAA Administrator, why isn’t the NTSB being asked for assistance? Why hasn’t it already been done? Why isn’t the FAA doing this? Why aren’t the airlines? The why not’s only raise more questions about the FAA’s mandate and current leadership?