Drone near-miss at SFO points to emerging danger for airplanes

Published August 25, 2017

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the emerging worries that drones pose for airports interviews Javid Bayandor, associate professor in UB's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Bayandor said the severity of a collision between an airplane and a drone would depend on several factors, including the relative speeds of the aircraft, the size and weight of the drone and whether the airplane’s cabin was fully pressurized. “The answer is nothing really good comes out of it,” he said of a potential collision. “At any cost, it has to be avoided.”

Prior to joining the University at Buffalo, Bayandor was director of Virginia Tech's Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids Lab.

Read the story here.