Drone Ingestion – Time to test for it?

Friday was the latest Drone Industry Networking Event. Here is the presentation I gave to spark a discussion about the drone ingestion into civilian aircraft jet engines. And also, if we should start testing for it during the design of engines.

Unfortunately, Dave how was originally meant to present on his travels with his drone couldn’t make the evening. So, stepped in and presented on a topic I have been thinking about over the past two weeks or so.

Recently, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published some proposed changes to the regulations regarding testing engines for bird ingestion.

With birdstrikes and drone strikes being similar types of events. Although, drones being harder than builds and containing lithium batteries.

As well as, recent incidents such as what happened at Gatwick airport. And the collision a drone had with an aircraft at Quebec City airport this month.

The question that has been floating around in my mind is – Is it Time to Test Jet Engines for Drone Ingestion?

I am not saying this is the only solution to the problem of drones being ingested into the engines of manned aircraft. And, ‘prevention is better than cure’. There are barriers which we can place to try and place keep drone and manned aviation apart – but as with the above two cases,┬áit doesn’t always work.

Drone Ingestion Presentation

Should we do Something?

I would like to know what you think, so leave a comment to let me know.

I am planning to read through the proposed changes to the engine bird ingestion testing regulations. I am thinking of commenting on them. Like I did with the proposed EASA drone regulations for the European Union.

The commenting period is open until the 4th December 2017. I am thinking of providing a general comment to make them consider about testing for drone ingestion. However, they may consider it out of scope. But I think they need to consider it before a drone takes out the engine of an airliner full of passengers.

 

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