Gatwick closed by drones

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CanAm

3,710 posts

209 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

3,002 posts

142 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

24,691 posts

115 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

4,048 posts

169 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

3,002 posts

142 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.
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mcdjl

3,575 posts

132 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

3,002 posts

142 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

Cold

5,938 posts

27 months

Thursday 10th January
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So you're saying Gatwick was closed by clay pigeons?

jdw100

2,594 posts

101 months

Saturday 12th January
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HoHoHo said:
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.
Thanks for the responses - sorry didn't see them before. Didn't responses to your postings used to get highlighted in blue?

Okay, so probably not a new hobby for me then.

Could have sat by my pool here and disrupted flights across the UK. Which airport today....?

(only joking - total sympathy for travellers, had a four hour delay last year but at least that was in a nice airport not a European one)

Dr Interceptor

5,058 posts

133 months

Saturday 12th January
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A bit late to the party, but here's a couple of photos I took at Gatwick on the 20th...

Looking out the window at the departure gate, no movement at all, not even luggage carts running about. Weird.



On board the plane (where we sat for three hours not going anywhere), and again, everything totally still.


TeamD

4,048 posts

169 months

Saturday 12th January
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98elise said:
If you want systems that work error free with every other system on the planet then it's going to get very expensive.
This statement has been bugging me for days. Did you really mean to suggest that it is OK for systems not to work properly as long as they were cheap? eek

saaby93

24,691 posts

115 months

Saturday 12th January
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Dr Interceptor said:
A bit late to the party, but here's a couple of photos I took at Gatwick on the 20th...

Looking out the window at the departure gate, no movement at all, not even luggage carts running about. Weird.



On board the plane (where we sat for three hours not going anywhere), and again, everything totally still.

Didnt someone say there was a strike that day?