If a plane is flying VFR (see and avoid) below 400 ft, and the pilot collides with a drone due to not seeing the drone until it's too late to take evasive action, then would the pilot be at-fault for insurance purposes? Would the drone pilot (or the airplane pilot) have violated any federal regulations for not keeping clear of the other craft?
- Class E or G airspace
- out of the 5nm radius of an airport
- sparsely populated area
- operator of drone is not within 500 ft of where the collision occurred (i.e. for the purposes of FAR 91.119 (c)).
- I have a smaller piston engine plane in mind, but I'm assuming that the outcome would be the same for faster jet aircraft too