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Old Dec 23, 2014, 08:41 PM
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Surge in drones as Christmas gifts poses fire risk: peak body

This is on ABC news website For some reason the fire's are getting mad in OZ
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-2...k-body/5986844
" If the drone is sucked into the intake of the jet engines, or goes into the tail rotor, then it's probably curtains for the helicopter. "
CFS State Aviation Operations manager David Pearce

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) says it will cease aerial firefighting operations if a drone is spotted in the vicinity of a bushfire.

State aviation operations manager David Pearce said unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) were the fastest growing section of the aviation industry and were expected to number 15 billion worldwide by the end of the year.

He said drones could be lethal to aircraft, regardless of size, much like a bird strike that "took down an airliner" if it hit the wrong spot.

"Helicopters are particularly susceptible," Mr Pearce said.

"If the drone is sucked into the intake of the jet engines, or goes into the tail rotor, then it's probably curtains for the helicopter."

Mr Pearce said firefighting aircraft would be immediately grounded if a UAV was spotted either near, or within, a fire zone.

A statement would then be issued through the media asking the operator to cease and for witnesses to report the operator to police.

If the drone is sucked into the intake of the jet engines, or goes into the tail rotor, then it's probably curtains for the helicopter.
CFS State Aviation Operations manager David Pearce

"It would be a terrible disaster to have a drone bring down an aerial firefighting aircraft," Mr Pearce said.

Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia chief executive Phil Hurst wanted the flying of a drone in a bushfire zone to be an offence and said maximum penalties of $50,000 should apply.

So yeah heads up guys go and talk to your local fire fighters about this I have and they largely unaware of this and don't agree with MR David Pearce or MR Phil Hurst's rather over the top view especially once I explain allot of things they don't know and the next they usually say is "I Don't know why we don't have these things ourselves! "
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