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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) and Manned Traffic near John Wayne Airport (KSNA) Spot Check of the SUAS Facility Map: Towards a New Paradigm for Drone Safety Near Airports

by Peter J. Burke 1,2,3
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Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Materials Physics, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Drones 2019, 3(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones3040084
Received: 11 October 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 December 2019 / Published: 8 December 2019
Using data from an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADSB) aggregator, a custom data-mining program was developed to identify all manned aircraft below 500′ AGL within 5 miles of the KSNA airport on six specific days in 2018–2019. The data (a spot check) show that several of the zero-foot grids are well outside of the traffic pattern, with no manned aircraft below 500′ AGL for at least a mile. Detailed maps showing all the traffic on those days are overlaid on the KSNA UAS facility map for comparison. This data-driven safety analysis is outlined as a new paradigm for drone safety near airports, which can be applied worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: drone; unmanned aircraft system; air traffic control drone; unmanned aircraft system; air traffic control
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Burke, P.J. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) and Manned Traffic near John Wayne Airport (KSNA) Spot Check of the SUAS Facility Map: Towards a New Paradigm for Drone Safety Near Airports. Drones 2019, 3, 84.

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