Sightings of unmanned aircraft from pilots, citizens and law enforcement officers have increased dramatically over the past two years, according to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA, the aviation authority in the US, has said that growth in the drone industry has led to it receiving more than 100 sighting reports each month.
Subsequently, the FAA has deemed it necessary to send out a message to drone pilots that operating around airplanes, helicopters and airports is dangerous and illegal.
It goes on to reinforce the statement that unauthorised operators may be subject to stiff fines, criminal charges and possible jail time.
The FAA says it continues to work closely with its industry partners through the ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign to educate unmanned aircraft users about where they can operate within the rules.
The agency has also confirmed that it is working local law enforcement teams to identify and investigate unauthorised unmanned aircraft operations and encourages the public to report unauthorised drone operations to local law enforcement in order to discourage illegal activity.
Earlier this year, DJI updated its geo-fencing technology to help pilots fly safer around airports.
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