Sunday, July 23, 2017

Drones wandering into San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) restricted airspace

There have been six reports of drones flying into San Francisco International Airport’s restricted airspace since the start of the year.

The latest incident occurred just before noon Monday, when pilots in two planes reported a 2-foot-wide drone hovering 3,500 feet over Hunters Point — well over the 400-foot legal limit.

One of the pilots, flying a Virgin America jet, put the drone at six miles north of SFO. The second, unidentified pilot spotted it at four miles out.

“Neither pilot reported the proximity of the drone to their aircraft,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told us. He said “the sightings did not have any effect on operations.”

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said none of the other incidents this year “resulted in delays or problems.”

And let’s hope it stays that way.

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