The Los Angeles Times reports two drone incidents have local police adding their voice to those calling on the FAA to hurry up and issue regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles.
In the first incident on Aug. 4, police said a personal drone was spotted by a Canadian jetliner hovering about 10 miles east of LAX at 4,000 feet – an altitude outside Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for hobbyists with drones and and also within the airport’s Class B air space.
To fly that high and close to LAX brings with it a host of responsibilities, including having a transponder on the aircraft and two-way communication with air traffic controllers, federal officials said.
Los Angeles police learned of the drone when the airline pilot asked air traffic controllers if it was a police drone. The LAPD’s two drones are locked away in a federal building and have not been used.
In the second incident, employees on the LAPD’s 10thfloor on the northwest side of the building said they looked out their window Aug. 14 to see a drone hovering outside their window. Read more