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Old 12-20-2018, 12:52 PM   #1
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Probably going see this happening more.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-46623754

Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.

Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield.

Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a "deliberate act" of disruption, using "industrial specification" drones.

About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday. Disruption could last "several days".

The UK Airprox Board assesses incidents involving drones and keeps a log of all reports.

In one incident last year, for example, a pilot flying over Manchester saw a red "football-sized" drone passing down the left hand side of the aircraft.

In another, a plane leaving Glasgow narrowly missed a drone. The pilot, in that case, said the crew only had three seconds of warning and there was "no time to take avoiding action".
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:22 PM   #2
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Probably going see this happening more.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-46623754

Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.

Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield.

Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a "deliberate act" of disruption, using "industrial specification" drones.

About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday. Disruption could last "several days".

The UK Airprox Board assesses incidents involving drones and keeps a log of all reports.

In one incident last year, for example, a pilot flying over Manchester saw a red "football-sized" drone passing down the left hand side of the aircraft.

In another, a plane leaving Glasgow narrowly missed a drone. The pilot, in that case, said the crew only had three seconds of warning and there was "no time to take avoiding action".
surprised its not got its own thread really, one of the largest airports in Europe, second largest in the UK closed for almost 24 hours, still closed as we speak, police essentially powerless
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:37 PM   #3
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Airport still closed. military brought in, close to a quarter of a million passenger flights cancelled, cost approaching half a billion, expect to see it coming to an airport near you in the next few weeks
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:42 PM   #4
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I wonder how long until we start seeing weaponized drones used in attacks in the US.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:17 AM   #5
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Flights inbound to Gatwick are starting to hold again...
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:30 AM   #6
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This feels like someone is testing out a cheap way to disrupt air travel.


I'm no drone expert, but what's the effective range of the controller with something like this.


Is it something that can be frequency jammed?
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:45 AM   #7
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Why not train birds to drop feral cats on these drones?
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:46 AM   #8
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surprised its not got its own thread really
Agreed. Major news story should have it's own thread.

Police identify 'persons of interest' after drone disruption at Gatwick
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:52 AM   #9
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This feels like someone is testing out a cheap way to disrupt air travel.


I'm no drone expert, but what's the effective range of the controller with something like this.


Is it something that can be frequency jammed?

The DJI Mavic Pro is $1000 and the range is like 4 miles.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:56 AM   #10
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"Sussex police said they were pursuing several significant lines of inquiry and that an environmental protest was a possibility."

Wouldn't that be something.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:58 AM   #11
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I remember reading on here a few years back, some CPer flying a drone to the top of the Bow tower from Crescent Heights? who was that idiot?
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:00 AM   #12
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Objects flying through the air? Who you gonna call?



Sorted.

Unwanted flying objects should be no issue in the Country that these people inhabit.
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This feels like someone is testing out a cheap way to disrupt air travel.


I'm no drone expert, but what's the effective range of the controller with something like this.


Is it something that can be frequency jammed?

More sophisticated ones with GPS and IMUs can be programmed to follow a course. No need for remote control.
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Gatwick will be closed until 2200 UTC, about 4 hours from now.
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One story I read suggested that drone users are unaware of the dangers of operating a drone near an airport.

To me you would have to be some kind of stupid user not to see the issue
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:35 AM   #16
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I thought the more sophisticated drones had no fly zones preprogrammed into them?
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:35 AM   #17
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Ok, guess LGW is up and running again now:


https://twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport/...83426091368449
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It's scary to think that there isn't much that can be done to protect airspace near and over airports from somebody wanting to cause disruptions.
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These idiots obviously have too much time and money. $50000 fine and a year in prison would be fitting.
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These idiots obviously have too much time and money. $50000 fine and a year in prison would be fitting.
They will get 5 if caught, and 5 years in the Scrubs aint easy porridge
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