Gatwick closed by drones

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768

3,639 posts

33 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Police officers have seen the drone.
Military assistance has been implemented.
Dial 999 if you see anything. hehe

http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-investigatio...

Monkeylegend

14,437 posts

168 months

Tuesday 8th January
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768 said:
Police officers have seen the drone.
Military assistance has been implemented.
Dial 999 if you see anything. hehe

http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-investigatio...
Damned if they do, damned if they don't, there's no satisfying some people.

Lemming Train

1,358 posts

9 months

Tuesday 8th January
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768 said:
Police officers have seen the drone.
Military assistance has been implemented.
Dial 999 if you see anything. hehe

http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-investigatio...
"Police officers have seen the drone". Bwahaha! That old chestnut again. I'm sure in a few days time there will be a follow-up report that they've found a drone near the perimeter fence and it's been swiftly whisked away for forensic examination. Of course, there won't be any pics of it nor any follow-up beyond "we are looking into reports" and "we are conducting enquiries", but "we can confirm there was definitely a drone". Definitely seems legit. wobble

saaby93

24,691 posts

115 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Lemming Train said:
"Police officers have seen the drone". :
Police officers thought theyve seen a drone
or
officers have seen the police drone
smile
Will we ever know

V6 Pushfit

10,011 posts

47 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Here we go again:


Heathrow airport drone investigated by police and military http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46804425
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techguyone

1,168 posts

79 months

Wednesday 9th January
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It's a pretty handy way to convince airport execs to invest significant sums into anti-drone tech, that they may have been reluctant to spend before...

kev1974

2,426 posts

66 months

Wednesday 9th January
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techguyone said:
It's a pretty handy way to convince airport execs to invest significant sums into anti-drone tech, that they may have been reluctant to spend before...
yeswhistle

chrisga

1,840 posts

124 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

13,458 posts

187 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

3,002 posts

142 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

4,048 posts

169 months

Wednesday 9th January
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pingu393 said:
LEMAC ?
Eh?

Monkeylegend

14,437 posts

168 months

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

TeamD

4,048 posts

169 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

14,437 posts

168 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

3,983 posts

143 months

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

Cold

5,937 posts

27 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

24,691 posts

115 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

573 posts

123 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

1,887 posts

62 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

4,048 posts

169 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