Drone sighting by a PSA CRJ-700 near Melbourne, Florida

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a CRJ-700 near Melbourne, Florida on 11 January 2016. Separation distance reported as 500-1000 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: MELBOURNE, FL/UAS INCIDENT/1309E/CENTRAL FLORIDA TRACON REPORTED PSA 5132, CRJ7, AT 2,000 FEET OBSERVED A WHITE QUADCOPTER UAS BETWEEN 1,000 TO 1,500 FEET 11 WNW MELBOURNE. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF AVIATION UNIT NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for F11
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Jan 11, 2016 – 1809Z
A/C: JIA5132 (CR7)

Summary: JIA5132, CR7, WAS AT 020 INBOUND TO MLB. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED A DRONE THAT APPEARED TO BE OPPOSITE DIRECTION FROM HIM ANYWHERE FROM 010 TO 015 IN ALTITUDE. NO EVASIVE MANEUVERS WERE REQUIRED. BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT WAS NOTIFED

Aircraft: CRJ-700
Operator: PSA
Flight: PSA5132
Aircraft altitude: 2000 ft
Separation: 500-1000 feet
Source: FAA


Please note:

This information is based on an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sighting as reported to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A UAS can be a personal drone (e.g. a quadcopter), or a larger military drone.
Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.