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Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. #4956821 12/20/18 10:35 AM
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https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-england-46633772


Hopefully they can end this as it has been ongoing for a while now. This is a intentional act by someone or likely some organization.

My fear is that this is a test run and we could expect more of these acts. Airports are just one target.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4956828 12/20/18 10:40 AM
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I can't wait to see the defense systems that ultimately get deployed to combat this idiocy. AFAIK the tech exists in spades. It's only a question of what's safest and most affordable to deploy at scale.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4956833 12/20/18 10:42 AM
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If they can find the operator, I think that operator should be held responsible for everyone's expenses, airlines, passengers, everyone, as a result of cancellation. Millions of dollars in damages caused by the criminal act of flying a drone that close to an airport (yes, it's a crime in the UK, and here).

The airport and airlines can't take a chance that an airplane will hit a drone, so, they're doing the safe thing. The drone operator(s) know that, and know that their actions will stop flights.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: d00df00d] #4956836 12/20/18 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by d00df00d
I can't wait to see the defense systems that ultimately get deployed to combat this idiocy. AFAIK the tech exists in spades. It's only a question of what's safest and most affordable to deploy at scale.


Directed energy weapons would be my choice.

But destruction of the drone doesn't go far enough. You have to find, and hold accountable, the operator.

I suspect that motivation is similar to shining lasers at airplanes - the expression of childish anger at noise, or whatever, from aircraft overflight.

But the odds of finding the laser folks are slim, I hope that the drones can be tracked.

A drone hitting an airplane has unknown risks, but it's potentially going to cause a crash. So, the operator is creating a serious risk to passengers and pilots. The laser idiots have no idea that what they're doing can permanently blind a pilot and cause the loss of an airplane.

I'd be OK with summary execution for either drone operators who put airplanes at risk, or those who point lasers at airplanes, and put them at risk, but I don't think the courts will agree with me on that...


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4956900 12/20/18 11:57 AM
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I would like to see the terrorists severely punished for intentionally disrupting transportation. Drones have been a problem with the air tankers attacking wild land fires. ! While never directly employed in the aircraft industry it is an industry I find amazing and appreciate all the highly, highly skilled people needed to run it.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: Astro14] #4956926 12/20/18 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Astro14
If they can find the operator, I think that operator should be held responsible for everyone's expenses, airlines, passengers, everyone, as a result of cancellation. Millions of dollars in damages caused by the criminal act of flying a drone that close to an airport (yes, it's a crime in the UK, and here).

The airport and airlines can't take a chance that an airplane will hit a drone, so, they're doing the safe thing. The drone operator(s) know that, and know that their actions will stop flights.



Hear, Hear! Drone operator out millions....would love to see that headline!


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: Astro14] #4956967 12/20/18 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Astro14
I'd be OK with summary execution for either drone operators who put airplanes at risk, or those who point lasers at airplanes, and put them at risk, but I don't think the courts will agree with me on that...


I'd support attempted murder charges for these clowns, at a bare minimum. Violent and painful execution without trial....I think I'd be on board with that as well. And I am a drone owner and operator.

I moved to a farm in the CVG flight path and have Kalitta and Polar 747's roaring over all day long (and I enjoy it thoroughly, I might add!). And every other type of passenger and cargo plane for that matter. By the time they are over my property they are in the 3000-5000 foot range, and even at that I feel uncomfortable flying my drone more than a couple hundred feet high knowing they are overhead.

I hope they catch these idiot(s) asap. Its hard enough to fly a drone anywhere for any reason without people making comments and snide remarks or assuming you are just spying on them. Idiots like this are going to be the destruction of this and the r/c hobby at a minimum, but much worse there is going to be a plane brought down sooner than later I fear and a lot of innocent people are going to die as a result. Lets just call it murder.

I dont know what the practical solution is, if there is one. The proverbial cat is already out of the bag, good luck getting it back in. For now, at least. Lots of drones out there. And even more idiots.

Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4956982 12/20/18 01:12 PM
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Watching Sky News, it reports that night time curfews or restrictions at other airports have been temporarily lifted to accommodate air traffic congestion.

The varmints who pull this kind of stuff are likely very devious. Whatever their backing or intentions I also hope the full book is thrown at them. Harsh examples need to be made to set the example for future vagrants who want to disrupt or even worse commit acts of terror with these drones.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4957056 12/20/18 02:23 PM
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why aren't drones illegal yet?


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: Lolvoguy] #4957082 12/20/18 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
why aren't drones illegal yet?


They are in this context, It is illegal to fly a drone within 1km of an airport in the UK

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Find the people responsible and then "terminate with extreme prejudice" might be one solution.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: Lolvoguy] #4957129 12/20/18 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
why aren't drones illegal yet?

Nothing wrong with drones.


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Re: Drones at Gatwick. Airport closed. [Re: PimTac] #4957172 12/20/18 04:46 PM
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The technology to nuke drones out of the air very likely exists but is still classified and won't be broken out until the problem is way beyond a nuisance.

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Just use a 1000 watt 2.4ghz transmitter on liek a 30dbi yagi or parabolic and point it at the drone. A couple seconds of +90dbm 1,000,000 watts ERP should nuke the receiver for good if not burn out microcontrollers and ICs.

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