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Drone hits commercial aircraft over Canada

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

It is not currently known what sort of drone was involved.

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It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday[1], Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone[2] as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Qu?bec City. “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely,” said Garneau.

The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC[3] that “it could have been much more serious” had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit.

He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.

Since drones became commonplace, there have been increasing reports of the unmanned aerial vehicle endangering aircraft. Some have been reported as near-misses[4]. Some pilots have been convinced[5] that a drone has struck their plane, although the actual presence of a drone was never confirmed.

Indeed, earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration declared[6] that it had seen no verifiable evidence that a drone had ever struck a plane. “Every investigation has found the reported collisions were either birds, impact with other items such as wires and posts, or structural failure not related to colliding with an unmanned aircraft,” it said. In September, however, two army helicopters were struck by a drone over Staten Island[7].

The FAA’s rules[8] state that no drone should fly over 400 feet nor anywhere near airports or aircraft. To fly within 5 miles of an airport, you need permission. Some pilots, however, insist that drones aren’t the problem that many would believe.

Commercial pilot Chris Manno, for example, insists[9] that there are hundreds of bird strikes a year, but few lead to any damage. Some drone operators simply cannot help being irresponsible, however. With wildfires still raging in California’s Napa and Sonoma wine regions, the National Weather Service had to remind casual drone operators to keep away[10].

In Canada, Garneau insisted that drones were a menace. “It is important to point out aircraft are particularly vulnerable when they are coming in [for landing] … and during take-off,” he said. First published Oct.

15 5:38 p.m. PT. Update, 5:40 p.m.: Adds response from Ministry.

Tech Culture[11]: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech.

Batteries Not Included[12]: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool.

References

  1. ^ In a statement issued on Sunday (www.canada.ca)
  2. ^ drone (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ told CBC (www.cbc.ca)
  4. ^ have been reported as near-misses (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ have been convinced (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ declared (www.faa.gov)
  7. ^ were struck by a drone over Staten Island (www.nbcnewyork.com)
  8. ^ rules (www.faa.gov)
  9. ^ insists (jethead.wordpress.com)
  10. ^ had to remind casual drone operators to keep away (twitter.com)
  11. ^ Tech Culture (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ Batteries Not Included (www.cnet.com)

Exclusive CQ ‘party island’ for sale at bargain price – Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

IMAGINE owning your very own island off Queensland’s stunning east coast for less than $500,000.

Whitsundays based selling Agent Richard Vanhoff could make that dream come true with an island listing that’s almost too good to be true.

The Australian Islands agent currently has ‘Wedge Island’ off the Capricorn Coast listed for sale with the owners recently slashing the price from $850K to just $495K.

Mr Vanhoff said Wedge Island, which is located about 1km south of Great Keppel Island and 5km from the mainland, had been ‘party central’ for a group of young, single blokes for many years.

“It has been on the market for about 12 months and has only just recently been reduced. I have had a plethora of calls about it but nobody has purchased it. I do have a list of people who are wanting to see it,” Mr Vanhoff said.

“It was a party island for a group of single guys. They had a sort of golf course on the top and they used it for chipping, fishing and partying.

“One of the owners is a contract engineer for a mining company in Moranbah and the others are from down around Noosa.

“It was just party central for these boys and the reason they are selling is they are growing up a little bit, getting girlfriends and are spending more time elsewhere.”

Mr Vanhoff said the blokes had built a shed on the island with basic amenities but it has been destroyed in Cyclone Debbie. He said there was scope for someone to rebuild the shed or even a residence on the 23-acre property.

“With council permission of course they could build a shed or house,” Mr Vanhoff said.

“It isn’t zoned commercial but that is something someone would have to apply for to create maybe an Airbnb which would work really well on the island.”

“The island offers solitude and quoting The Castle ‘the serenity of it all’. It is in visual of GKI.”

Mr Vanhoff said since the price had been reduced, there had been a lot of interest from people based in Melbourne and Sydney.

“That’s surprising because I haven’t seen any demand for islands from that region for quite some time. In the last few weeks most of my business has come from down south – I think they are feeling the cold of winter,” he said.

To inquire, click here.[1]

References

  1. ^ here. (australianislands.com.au)

Exclusive CQ ‘party island’ for sale at bargain price | Rockhampton … – Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

IMAGINE owning your very own island off Queensland’s stunning east coast for less than $500,000.

Whitsundays based selling Agent Richard Vanhoff could make that dream come true with an island listing that’s almost too good to be true.

The Australian Islands agent currently has ‘Wedge Island’ off the Capricorn Coast listed for sale with the owners recently slashing the price from $850K to just $495K.

Mr Vanhoff said Wedge Island, which is located about 1km south of Great Keppel Island and 5km from the mainland, had been ‘party central’ for a group of young, single blokes for many years.

“It has been on the market for about 12 months and has only just recently been reduced. I have had a plethora of calls about it but nobody has purchased it. I do have a list of people who are wanting to see it,” Mr Vanhoff said.

“It was a party island for a group of single guys. They had a sort of golf course on the top and they used it for chipping, fishing and partying.

“One of the owners is a contract engineer for a mining company in Moranbah and the others are from down around Noosa.

“It was just party central for these boys and the reason they are selling is they are growing up a little bit, getting girlfriends and are spending more time elsewhere.”

Mr Vanhoff said the blokes had built a shed on the island with basic amenities but it has been destroyed in Cyclone Debbie. He said there was scope for someone to rebuild the shed or even a residence on the 23-acre property.

“With council permission of course they could build a shed or house,” Mr Vanhoff said.

“It isn’t zoned commercial but that is something someone would have to apply for to create maybe an Airbnb which would work really well on the island.”

“The island offers solitude and quoting The Castle ‘the serenity of it all’. It is in visual of GKI.”

Mr Vanhoff said since the price had been reduced, there had been a lot of interest from people based in Melbourne and Sydney.

“That’s surprising because I haven’t seen any demand for islands from that region for quite some time. In the last few weeks most of my business has come from down south – I think they are feeling the cold of winter,” he said.

To inquire, click here.[1]

References

  1. ^ here. (australianislands.com.au)
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