An article published by Business Insider on August 1, 2018 mentions that since 1990, UFO sightings steadily increased until reaching a peak of 8,670 reports in 2014. Since then, there has been a huge slump in the number of UFO reports in the US. Peter Davenport, the founder of NUFORC, states that UFO investigators are perplexed on why this has happened.
Davenport believes that perhaps the US government have been electronically intercepting reports to UFO organisations, but concedes that this would be an imprudent decision for the US government to make. Alex Griffioen, from the UFO Disclosure Office in the Netherlands, hasn’t noticed a big decline in the number of UFO reports in the Netherlands. He believes that the decline seen in the US might be attributed to the increasing use of drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by the military.
“The significant decrease in the number of reports has baffled everyone investigating within the UFO field,” founder and director of NUFORC Peter Davenport said to Business Insider. He’s previously discussed the decline with members of the Mutual UFO Network. “They see the same trend and they’re all confused by it.”
…according to Griffioen: “Drones are becoming cheaper and more popular, and are taking on stranger and stranger shapes every day. This applies to both military UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), professional drones for video as well as for recreational drones.”
The chance of encountering a drone has grown considerably, which could account for people identifying what previously would have been considered a UFO as a drone.
Drone use in the United States has increased over the years, especially when the FAA relaxed its guidelines concerning the purchase and operation of recreational drones. If a drone weighs less than 8.8 ounces (250g) it does not need to be registered. “Recreational pilots” in the US, who purchase a drone weighing more than 250 grams, “are required to spend $5 to register with the FAA before flying outdoors.” Commercial drones that are heavier than 55 lbs. have their own set of registration requirements that need to be followed. These regulations haven’t deterred consumers from purchasing these high tech aerial craft, which are becoming more technically advanced each year.
Mandatory drone registration for recreational pilots was a requirement, and then there was a court challenge and it wasn’t. Now, after another round of legal proceedings, recreational pilots in the US are required to spend $5 to register with the FAA before flying outdoors.
Conversely, you can’t register a drone that’s heavier than 55 pounds via the online portal. That’s inconsequential for consumers as nothing out there is that heavy, but if you’re working with an industrial aircraft you’ll need to submit a paper registration application.
The Consumer Technology Association projects drone sales will cross the $1 billion mark in 2017, while Gartner expects global personal drone sales to grow from $1.7 billion to $2.36 billion in 2017.
As you can see by the sales projections, drones are here to stay and they are often mistaken for UFOs. However, many people will dismiss a potential UFO sighting and fail to report it, because they feel that it’s a man made aerial craft. You wouldn’t think that if you are a regular YouTube viewer, where hundreds of supposed “UFOs” are filmed and then published each day. You name it, you’ll probably see it on YouTube…CGI hoaxes and misidentified aerial anomalies. Lets go through a list of some these.
Drones are often mistaken for UFOs because they move fast, they can perform amazing maneuvers and some come with installed LED lights.
Here are some examples of drones flying at night, which many people misidentify as UFOs:
(2) Parachutes/Skydivers/Drones With Magnesium Flares:
I have seen many YouTube videos published by people who mistakenly film parachutes, skydivers, or drones with flares attached, thinking they are UFOs.
Here are some examples of parachutes, skydivers and drones with magnesium flares attached to them:
(3) Chinese Lanterns
There are also many video clips on YouTube showing slowly moving “orbs” in the sky that are nothing more than Chinese lanterns.
Here are some examples of Chinese lanterns floating in the sky:
edit on 10/18/2018 by shawmanfromny because: (no reason given)