Drone Pilots complain about the Federal Aviation Administration, but it could be worse. News out of China notes that the Chinese military responded in force to an “unauthorized flight” near the Beijing airport.
It was a drone, on a mapping mission. It was a serious piece of hardware: 2.3m long (7.5 ft), which was big enough to make it show up on radar.
What’s “in force”? Two fighter jets. And two military helicopters. And 123 military ground vehicles. And 26 radar technicians — and 1,226 troops! The airport held up 10 aircraft as the unauthorized flight was investigated.
The two pilots were arrested. China forbids any flight vehicle, in situ piloted or unmanned, without prior authorization from the government.
Source: China Daily