Pilots approaching a runway were able to see a drone encroaching in their airspace 30% of the time, according to a study by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Oklahoma State University (OSU). During testing in July at OSU’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute airfield, certificated student pilots spotted a white-colored DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter while on approach during 12 of 40 scripted encounters. Detection by pilots was best when the drone was moving, with nine sightings out ...

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