Letter: Small drones are a danger to aircraft

Seth B. Levy, a licensed real estate sales Seth B. Levy, a licensed real estate sales agent with Shawn Elliott, readies his drone with a high definition camera that can shoot still photos and video to photograph some of the properties he sells on March 30, 2014. This home is on Bay Drive in Massapequa. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

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We need immediate federal legislation to license drones and their operators. On July 7, two drones nearly hit a New York Police Department helicopter flying over the George Washington Bridge, and officers arrested the drone operators.

Police say the helicopter had to swerve to avoid a collision.

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Drones and their operators need to be licensed, with draconian penalties for unlicensed operation, or we are going to see some very serious and sad complications. Toy drones costing as little as $300 have altitude and range capabilities that make them a serious threat to all other forms of aviation. Congress needs to deal with this immediately before a tragedy makes us sorry we did not act sooner.

Ted D. Gluckman, Rockville Centre
 

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