Drone Enters Flightpath of Passenger Airplane

Drones, the enthusiast way to get your videos taken from a perspective only caught by hanging off a tall object or sending a camera into space on a weather balloon. It was only a matter of time before someone decided to toy with its much larger cousin, a commercial aircraft.

On Friday, a keen enthusiast looking for the perfect shot, took to the Dallas Love Field with their trusty quadcopter. Once in the air, it isn’t clear whether they were going for a scenery shot or a unique look at a landing aircraft; either way it was too close for comfort and some airspace laws.

As a Southwest flight began its descent, the pilot called into air traffic control to report the sighting of a quadcopter within “a few hundred feet”.

“It was close enough to Love Field that the air traffic controller was able to see it from the tower,” Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman told a local newspaper.

“Our pilots on the flight deck of Flight 28 observed a traffic conflict as they approached Dallas Love Field,” stated Alyssa Eliasen, a Southwest spokeswoman. “The flight landed safely and our crew filed a report with appropriate agencies. The Safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and our pilots take this responsibility very seriously.”

“We’re concerned because these are easily purchased devices, and they have pretty amazing capabilities,” Mark Duebner, the city’s director of aviation, told the Dallas Morning News. “But I don’t think the average person understands the airspace limits around the airport because they wouldn’t have reason to know them… We need to do some campaigns to raise public awareness, though because we don’t need these anywhere near the airport.”

Local police forces on ground and air were deployed very quickly after the incident, but couldn’t recover the drone nor the operator. With the easy access to drones, should they be controlled in a similar way to which model RC craft can only operate in certain areas as not to cause conflict with flight paths? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” Slogan Goes Further

Google CEO Larry Page is known for his implementation of the search engine giant Google slogan of “Don’t be evil”. But now he’s taking it one step further, claiming that his company is prepared to go above and beyond, implementing a “make the world a better place” mission statement as an add-on.

So what exactly is Google going to do? With the amount of cash stored away in the bank I’m sure they could do their fare share of wiping out world hunger or even forcing Valve to release Half Life Three. Unfortunately for us Google isn’t sure either. Page has been quoted “we are still working hard, trying to answer this question”.

Even though there is no set world peace schedule, Page claims that it’s working hard on this objective and will not back down, telling the Financial Times “We are in uncharted territory, and we’re trying to figure out how we can use these resources and generate a more positive impact on the world..” adding that Google does however have plans “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Page believes that through technologies suck as Google X Lab and other unannounced projects, Google can help make the world a better place.

Do you think that large-scale companies such as Google have a ‘moral obligation’ to ‘do something useful’ with the riches they have earned over the years? Or should they be free to spend their money as they see fit? We’re interested to see your responses either in the comments below or through our Facebook page.

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