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Drone airpox report involving a Jabiru J430 near Welshpool

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Jabiru J430 near Welshpool on 23 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 150 m.

The J430 pilot reported downwind in the visual circuit for Runway 22 at Welshpool Airport (EGCW), about 1nm east abeam ‘the 22 numbers’. He saw a white drone in the left 11 o’clock position, about 50m below him, which moved quickly in front of his aircraft and climbed to the 2 o’clock position, about 100ft above, at which point he lost sight of it against the white cloud and behind his wing. He commented that he was well inside the Welshpool ATZ and that the presence of the drone was a needless distraction. He noted that he was surprised at the speed at which the drone moved and the difficulty in judging distance with a small fast-moving object.

Reported separation: 0 ft (0 m) vertical / 490 ft (150 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Jabiru J430
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1500 ft
Separation: 490 feet
Source: UKAB


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 airpox report involving an Evektor EV-97 near Welshpool

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by Evektor EV-97 near Welshpool on 11 June 2015. Separation distance reported as 50 feet.

THE EV97 PILOT reports flying a solo circuit at Welshpool, on turning downwind at 1500ft he checked the fuel pressure gauge and then noticed a Quadcopter, approximately 50ft from the aircraft, appear from behind the edge of the instrument panel. He applied full power and initiated a tight climbing right turn to gain separation. Once straight-and-level at 1800ft, he reported the incident before repositioning back into the circuit.

The Board commended the look-out of the EV97 pilot, who managed to spot the drone and take avoiding action at a busy point in his flight profile, and one where he would not have expected to encounter a drone. This again highlighted the need for good lookout, even within the supposed protection of an ATZ, given that intruders (including aircraft) could unknowingly penetrate the airspace. Turning to the cause of the Airprox, the Board agreed that, because the drone should not have been in the ATZ, the drone had effectively been flown into conflict with the EV97. They assessed the risk as Category B; safety margins had been much reduced, but the EV97 pilot’s avoiding action had been effective in preventing a collision.

Aircraft: Evektor EV-97
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1500 ft
Separation: 50 feet
Source: UKAB


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.