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    Gatwick Chaos

    OK who's been droning over Gatwick? And why aren't these things detected and taken down, there appears to be plenty of anti drone technology available.

    #2
    Originally posted by tazdevil View Post
    OK who's been droning over Gatwick? And why aren't these things detected and taken down, there appears to be plenty of anti drone technology available.
    Ex clientco of mine - anti-drone measures are in the pipeline... The challenge is anti-drone technology that doesn't interfere with aircraft and air traffic control.

    People will do it and there's not much to stop it. Bit like shining laser pens at pilots coming in to land.

    They have people with guns patrolling the airfield with guns to shoot birds
    "Is someone you don't like allowed to say something you don't like? If that is the case then we have free speech."- Elon Musk

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      #3
      I would guess using a drone jammer in an airport might not be the smartest move.

      Only a matter of time before one gets maliciously used to bring down a plane.

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        #4
        Originally posted by minestrone View Post
        I would guess using a drone jammer in an airport might not be the smartest move.

        Only a matter of time before one gets maliciously used to bring down a plane.
        I bet the Israelis have the appropriate technology and as this must be a problem common to all airports it must be possible to deploy a workable solution. I bet the military airports have something that works

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          #5
          Should get a squadron of hunter seeker drones. Teenagers sitting on deck chairs playing fortnite until the siren goes off. Be like 1940 all over again.

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            #6
            Originally posted by tazdevil View Post
            OK who's been droning over Gatwick? And why aren't these things detected and taken down, there appears to be plenty of anti drone technology available.
            It's the secret EUSSR army, war gaming hard Brexit scenarios.

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              #7
              Originally posted by minestrone View Post
              Should get a squadron of hunter seeker drones. Teenagers sitting on deck chairs playing fortnite until the siren goes off. Be like 1940 all over again.
              There’s already drone racing...why not just get some of the best racers (read chasers), with a chaser drone adjusted to deliver an electric current to fry the mischievous drone causing the problem!
              Originally posted by Old Greg
              I admit I'm just a lazy, lying cretinous hypocrite and must be going deaf
              ♕Keep calm & carry on♕

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                #8
                Surely consumer drones use a frequency for remote control that is not interfering with airports or aircraft so just jam that frequency around the airfield border.

                Also, if planes are built to withstand bird strikes then surely a small plastic drone ain't going to do as much damage as a frozen turkey or whatever they use to test such things.

                I therefore feel this is not a technical problem but more of typical governing/management slowness to implement workable solutions in practice. This incident should at least speed that up somewhat.

                Strange that flights were suspended for a while at around 3am but when re-started at around 4am the drones came back, suggesting maliciousness or indeed terrorism.
                Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Old Greg View Post
                  It's the secret EUSSR army, war gaming hard Brexit scenarios.
                  more fecking thread pollution.

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                    #10
                    Update: Situation still ongoing and flights disrupted while runway closed until at least 11am.

                    Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings cause delays - BBC News

                    Drone seen at 7am, ongoing since 9pm yesterday, so not just some kids or local numpties, too persistent.

                    Police still not tracked culprit(s) down. Shows a lack of preparedness for such an incident to not be resolved yet, giving others incentive to try similar.

                    Updated update: Around 10,000 passengers directly affected and other advised not to travel as planes grounded. Those opportunist taxi drivers charging e.g. £600 for a trip from Cardiff to London are going to do well out of the chaos as planes get diverted all over the place and people desperate to get to London for crimbo.
                    Last edited by Hobosapien; 20 December 2018, 10:34.
                    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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