Gatwick closed by drones

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chrisga

1,882 posts

132 months

Wednesday 9th January
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jdw100 said:
Fundamentally could I sit at home here with my feet up a good few thousands of miles away and play havoc with Gatwick until someone shoots me (well, my drone) down?
Probably. At least until the battery ran out.

HoHoHo

13,827 posts

195 months

Wednesday 9th January
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chrisga said:
jdw100 said:
Fundamentally could I sit at home here with my feet up a good few thousands of miles away and play havoc with Gatwick until someone shoots me (well, my drone) down?
Probably. At least until the battery ran out.
With a very expensive drone you could for sure.

With something like a DJi drone, you can't operate them other than within about a 2 or 3 mile radius.

The Mavic Air for example (which I have and is so small at about 10" across so you probably wouldn't even see it over an airfield) has a usable operating distance of about 1 mile in total clear unobstructed visibility. Start adding buildings and trees and you won't get too far at all.

If (and for me it's a big if) there is a drone and it's big enough to see from some distance away from a camera then you are talking about many thousands of pounds worth of equipment and out of the reach of an amateur drone pilot. That could possibly be flown totally remotely, I know nothing about those.

Interestingly in the UK DJi have now reduced the usable radio distance on their amateur drones to about a mile or so and as I mentioned above that's with total clear line of sight. In the US the same drones have a usable distance of many miles, up to 5 or more given the right conditions. I'm told you can fiddle with the UK drone to try and confuse it to think it's on the states and thus have a greater operating distance but I haven't tried that myself.

pingu393

3,413 posts

150 months

Wednesday 9th January
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TeamD said:
Not guilty, my drone was flying near East Mids Airport today



... >1km away before plod gets a hard on and kicks the door down.
LEMAC ?

TeamD

4,564 posts

177 months

Wednesday 9th January
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pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?

Monkeylegend

16,350 posts

176 months

Wednesday 9th January
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TeamD said:
pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?
Would we lie to you.

TeamD

4,564 posts

177 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Monkeylegend said:
TeamD said:
pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?
Would we lie to you.
I'm still no wiser confused

Monkeylegend

16,350 posts

176 months

Wednesday 9th January
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TeamD said:
Monkeylegend said:
TeamD said:
pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?
Would we lie to you.
I'm still no wiser confused
I'm going out.

Guybrush

4,046 posts

151 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Still no pictures, no journalists interviewing witnesses?

Cold

7,352 posts

35 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Guybrush said:
Still no pictures, no journalists interviewing witnesses?
The only witnesses seem to be police officers and a few lines on the BBC website that claim one of their journos also saw something while driving along the M25.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46804425

saaby93

25,908 posts

123 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Cold said:
Guybrush said:
Still no pictures, no journalists interviewing witnesses?
The only witnesses seem to be police officers and a few lines on the BBC website that claim one of their journos also saw something while driving along the M25.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46804425
beeeb said:
BBC cameraman Martin Roberts, who works with drones, said he was driving on the M25 past Heathrow airport at about 17:45 GMT when he saw what he believes was a drone.

"I could see, I'd say around 300 feet up, very bright, stationary flashing red and green lights, over the Harmondsworth area," he said.

"I could tell it was a drone - these things have got quite distinctive lights - not a helicopter."
17:45 = dark
anyone seen a plane appear to be stationary over heathrow with red and green lights?

scratchchin

andyr30

608 posts

131 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Forgive the link and the possibility of their being no connection at all but we had this happen recently:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6564453/K...

Which was a test to see what chaos will be caused on the roads for a No Deal Brexit.

Now how could they do the same sort of test at airports scratchchin


(sorry for bringing the B word into it frown )

WestyCarl

2,131 posts

70 months

Wednesday 9th January
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saaby93 said:
Cold said:
Guybrush said:
Still no pictures, no journalists interviewing witnesses?
The only witnesses seem to be police officers and a few lines on the BBC website that claim one of their journos also saw something while driving along the M25.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46804425
beeeb said:
BBC cameraman Martin Roberts, who works with drones, said he was driving on the M25 past Heathrow airport at about 17:45 GMT when he saw what he believes was a drone.

"I could see, I'd say around 300 feet up, very bright, stationary flashing red and green lights, over the Harmondsworth area," he said.

"I could tell it was a drone - these things have got quite distinctive lights - not a helicopter."
17:45 = dark
anyone seen a plane appear to be stationary over heathrow with red and green lights?

scratchchin
At 300ft my drone pretty much disappears from sight, even at night (with red and green lights), spotting one while driving and being sure enough to report it nono

TeamD

4,564 posts

177 months

Wednesday 9th January
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WestyCarl said:
At 300ft my drone pretty much disappears from sight, even at night (with red and green lights), spotting one while driving and being sure enough to report it nono
Yeah, he's after a pay rise

CanAm

4,650 posts

217 months

Wednesday 9th January
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WestyCarl said:
At 300ft my drone pretty much disappears from sight, even at night (with red and green lights), spotting one while driving and being sure enough to report it nono
And being able to estimate the height of an object of unknown size in the night sky just by some flashing nights. While driving past. Father Ted would have been impressed.

pingu393

3,413 posts

150 months

Wednesday 9th January
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TeamD said:
Monkeylegend said:
TeamD said:
pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?
Would we lie to you.
I'm still no wiser confused
You are obviously nothing to do with LEMAC (Long Eaton Model Aircraft Club). They fly in a field just over two miles from the EMA runway.

saaby93

25,908 posts

123 months

Wednesday 9th January
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WestyCarl said:
saaby93 said:
Cold said:
Guybrush said:
Still no pictures, no journalists interviewing witnesses?
The only witnesses seem to be police officers and a few lines on the BBC website that claim one of their journos also saw something while driving along the M25.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46804425
beeeb said:
BBC cameraman Martin Roberts, who works with drones, said he was driving on the M25 past Heathrow airport at about 17:45 GMT when he saw what he believes was a drone.

"I could see, I'd say around 300 feet up, very bright, stationary flashing red and green lights, over the Harmondsworth area," he said.

"I could tell it was a drone - these things have got quite distinctive lights - not a helicopter."
17:45 = dark
anyone seen a plane appear to be stationary over heathrow with red and green lights?

scratchchin
At 300ft my drone pretty much disappears from sight, even at night (with red and green lights), spotting one while driving and being sure enough to report it nono
Father Ted has a lot to answer for


TeamD

4,564 posts

177 months

Wednesday 9th January
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pingu393 said:
You are obviously nothing to do with LEMAC (Long Eaton Model Aircraft Club). They fly in a field just over two miles from the EMA runway.
Ah! Ok, no, I'm south of the 453 smile

pingu393

3,413 posts

150 months

Wednesday 9th January
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TeamD said:
pingu393 said:
You are obviously nothing to do with LEMAC (Long Eaton Model Aircraft Club). They fly in a field just over two miles from the EMA runway.
Ah! Ok, no, I'm south of the 453 smile
You must be very close. The field is on the old road between Kegworth and Sawley marina.

mcdjl

3,957 posts

140 months

Wednesday 9th January
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pingu393 said:
You must be very close. The field is on the old road between Kegworth and Sawley marina.
The clay pigeon lot will deal with any drones there.

pingu393

3,413 posts

150 months

Thursday 10th January
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mcdjl said:
pingu393 said:
You must be very close. The field is on the old road between Kegworth and Sawley marina.
The clay pigeon lot will deal with any drones there.
They use the field next but one, so you don't want to stray too close shoot