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Old 12-20-2018, 04:48 AM   #1
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46623754

Yes flying drones near an airport is stupid, however closing said airport for such an extended time is a little OTT. especially considering the battery life of the average drone is less than 30 min.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46623754

Yes flying drones near an airport is stupid, however closing said airport for such an extended time is a little OTT. especially considering the battery life of the average drone is less than 30 min.
I agree with your stupid comment on operating drones next to the airport. Yes 19 hours is a long time to shut down a major international airport, however, it seems this idiot drone operator brought along some extra battery packs.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/uk/ga...ntl/index.html
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I agree with your stupid comment on operating drones next to the airport. Yes 19 hours is a long time to shut down a major international airport, however, it seems this idiot drone operator brought along some extra battery packs.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/uk/ga...ntl/index.html
People will see and take note what has happened and the impact it has had. Unfortunately I don’t think this will be an isolated event. It’s a shame as I really wanted to get into drone photography, but the few will spoil it for the many.
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Surprised this hasn't happened more frequently around the world. The bad side of technology.
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I agree with your stupid comment on operating drones next to the airport. Yes 19 hours is a long time to shut down a major international airport, however, it seems this idiot drone operator brought along some extra battery packs.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/uk/ga...ntl/index.html
I fly drones and this sounds to me like terrorist activity. Hence the long lockdown.
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I fly drones and this sounds to me like terrorist activity. Hence the long lockdown.
Police reckon its down to eco-wankers
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It sounded like a very coordinated and sophisticated operation.

Not some moron trying to get some dangerous pictures.
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Looks like they came back for a Friday session!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46654797

Update: 2 arrests have been made in connection with the drones and Gatwick shut-downs.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...elayed-latest/
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Well, it looks like a 47 yr old man and a 54 yr old woman wanted to cause Xmas chaos travel at Gatwick.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/22/u...ntl/index.html
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Wonder what countermeasures will be developed to take drones down without interfering with aircraft electronics?
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Wonder what countermeasures will be developed to take drones down without interfering with aircraft electronics?
I do believe that the officials at the airport called in for the Army. The Army showed up with all their hi-tech electronic counter measures to create a protective dome around the airport perimeter. I don't think it was that successful, due to the couple showing up on Friday with their drones again. Quite sure the folks over at ISIS are evaluating/taking notes on what went down the past few days at Gatwick.
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I heard a tidbit on the news that an Israeli technology was brought in to interfere with the drones electronics.
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Update:

Here are some photos of the lovely couple that were arrested.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/trave...9512c9256a74b6
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Well, it looks like the couple that were brought in are no longer suspects. The actual idiot(s) are probably having a good chuckle at the officials; based on being able to shut down Gatwick twice on separate days and having the police arrest the wrong person(s).

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46665615
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Police say there may never have even been a drone. Which was later denied and put down to miscommunication. We in the UK are a laughing stock because of our ‘professional elite’
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Police say there may never have even been a drone. Which was later denied and put down to miscommunication. We in the UK are a laughing stock because of our ‘professional elite’
Looks like 60+ folks actually witnessed the drones at Gatwick; however, out of that big number not one had a cell phone to video the drones???


https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-co...ry?id=59998168

The statement came after the investigation threatened to descend into farce when Tingley told the BBC there was a “possibility" the drone did not exist at all. "We are working with human beings saying they have seen something,” he said in an interview on Sunday.

Good to know that they are working with Human Beings! Hopefully one of those humans had a smart phone to record the drones on video???
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Maybe it was Harry Potter or E.T. trying to communicate, but saw how things were in the UK and both decided to Brexit!
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Update: Looks like Gatwick and Heathrow are shelling out some major $$$$ now! Guessing the idiots who still have yet to be caught, will now say 'GAME ON!'.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/uk-air...ment-1.4965603

London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports have ordered military-grade anti-drone defences worth "several million pounds" after drones caused three days of disruption at Gatwick last month, the airports confirmed Thursday.

"While I can't go into detail about exactly what we have, I can confirm this was an investment of several million pounds to ensure we are at an equivalent level to that provided by the Armed Forces," a Gatwick spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Gatwick said the new equipment had been in place for over a week. The statement did not give further details.

Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, also said it had ordered the equipment. It said it was working closely with authorities including the police and looking at relevant technology to combat the threat of drones.

5 ways to try to counter a drone incursion
U.K. Transport Minister Chris Grayling met police, aviation and defence chiefs on Thursday to discuss the issue, according to the Times of London, which first reported the orders.

Drone sightings caused chaos last month at Gatwick, Britain's second busiest airport, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of people in the run-up to Christmas.

The incident led to about 1,000 flight cancellations and affected the travel of 140,000 passengers. It revealed a vulnerability that is being scrutinized by security forces and airport operators worldwide.

U.K. couple cleared in Gatwick drone investigation feel 'completely violated'
The military was drafted to deploy specialized equipment, enabling authorities to reassure the airport that it was safe for planes to take off and land. Media reports suggested the technology that was used to combat the drone disruption included the Israeli-designed Drone Dome system.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said late last month that Britain's security forces had detection systems that could be deployed throughout the country to combat the threat of drones.
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