An unmanned drone was spotted near an Embraer ERJ-170 jet while it was descending through 1100 feet. The incident was reported to New Jersey state police. However, the owner of the drone was never identified. An analysis of Federal Aviation Administration data found New Jersey is among the top 10 states nationwide reporting improperly flown drones, some dangerously close to other aircraft.
The FAA's current rules call for operators of most drones to remain under 500 feet, keep within visual line of sight, stay clear of manned aircraft, and not fly within 5 miles of an airport without contacting the airport and control tower. Last week, federal officials announced it would impose new rules requiring the registration of all unmanned aircraft. "We intend to move very quickly," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington. The government launched a task force to come up with new regulations, with expectations that even those who already own drones will be required to register them.