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Drone near-miss reported involving a Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 near Noosa’s First Point, QLD

Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Noosa’s First Point, QLD on 31 July 2016. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

The Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue Helicopter (Lifesaver 45) was doing a routine patrol of the coastline, heading north from its Caloundra base when it encountered a drone at a height of about 200ft (approx 60m). The drone passed 30m below and 15m to the side of the helicopter.

Aircraft: MBB BO-105
Operator: Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 200 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/drone-near-miss-couldve-brought-down-rescue-choppe/3071120/


Please note:

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.

Drone near-miss reported involving a MBB BK-117 near Burleigh Heads, QLD

MBB BK-117 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Burleigh Heads, QLD on 6 July 2016. Separation distance reported as unknown.

A Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter pilot reported a near miss with a quadcopter drone at the same altitude over Burleigh Heads, Australia.

Aircraft: MBB BK-117
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: unknown
Source: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/australia/389539/helicopter-has-near-miss-drone


Please note:

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.

Drone near-miss reported involving a skyding aircraft near Parafield Airport, SA

skyding aircraft was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Parafield Airport, SA on 17 April 2016. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

The pilot of a skyding aircraft was flying at about 1,100 feet near Parafield Airport when she spotted the drone about 100 feet beneath her.

Aircraft: skyding aircraft
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1100 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/drone-in-near-miss-with-light-plane-in-adelaide:-casa/7339908?section=sa


Please note:

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.

ATSB investigating drone accident near Toowoomba Airport

The ATSB is investigating an in-flight failure and subsequent collision with a vehicle involving a DJI S900 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

The accident occurred on September 19, 2015 near Toowoomba Airport, Queensland. About 30 seconds after the drone became airborne, one of the carbon fibre arms fractured. It rolled to the left and descended. The system controller commanded the RPA parachute to deploy, but the RPA collided with the roof of a parked vehicle. No one was injured, but the RPA sustained substantial damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the operator, analyse the fracture, and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.