Gatwick closed by drones

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jakesmith

6,200 posts

122 months

Monday 29th April 2019
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Why couldn’t they shoot it down with the new £5m ray gun they made a big thing about that was installed after the last episode

djc206

5,956 posts

76 months

Monday 29th April 2019
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Thankyou4calling said:
Thought they had installed weapons grade blocking equipment.

If a suspected sighting results in planes being diverted I don’t see the point of it.

Doesn’t instil me with confidence that the authorities are on top of their game .
The mil withdrew from Gatwick. I’ve no idea how they’re progressing with their drone kit but as has been mentioned by someone who works in defence on here stopping these bloody things is not quite as simple as some people make out.

I don’t think the authorities have ever been top of any game. They’re playing catch up.

Cold

8,452 posts

41 months

Monday 29th April 2019
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Umm, wot?

BBC report said:
Gatwick said it had investigated an "unconfirmed sighting of an object" outside its exclusion zone.
So there may or may not have been a drone and if there actually was (there wasn't) it was nowhere near the exclusion zone.
In other news, something happened which didn't but it wasn't anywhere near where it didn't occur.

djc206

5,956 posts

76 months

Monday 29th April 2019
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Cold said:
Umm, wot?

BBC report said:
Gatwick said it had investigated an "unconfirmed sighting of an object" outside its exclusion zone.
So there may or may not have been a drone and if there actually was (there wasn't) it was nowhere near the exclusion zone.
In other news, something happened which didn't but it wasn't anywhere near where it didn't occur.
Piss poor reporting. It was outside Gatwick’s zone but being above 400ft was still being flown illegally (assuming it was a drone of course).

pingu393

3,976 posts

156 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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Good news. It's all sorted now. Panic over. Thank goodness, we can sleep safe in our beds...

CAA CAP1775

Oh, wait banghead

Pantechnicon

1,123 posts

157 months

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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pingu393 said:
Good news. It's all sorted now. Panic over. Thank goodness, we can sleep safe in our beds...

CAA CAP1775

Oh, wait banghead
So having only briefly read that ,they are proposing to charge each drone user a fee of £16.50 based on their loose estimate of 170,000 people signing up to their (tax) that’s gonna stop the little rascals isn’t it.

pingu393

3,976 posts

156 months

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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Pantechnicon said:
pingu393 said:
Good news. It's all sorted now. Panic over. Thank goodness, we can sleep safe in our beds...

CAA CAP1775

Oh, wait banghead
So having only briefly read that ,they are proposing to charge each drone user a fee of £16.50 based on their loose estimate of 170,000 people signing up to their (tax) that’s gonna stop the little rascals isn’t it.
It's actually only the owners who will need to pay. Users will need to pass an online test.

There's also no facility mentioned about passing on the details of anyone who I sell my drone to. If I register my drone, sell it and the buyer doesn't register it, I am liable for any miscreant actions.

carinaman

14,495 posts

123 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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Just mentioned (about 15 minutes in) on Radio 4's PM, and mooted whether drone(s) were at Gatwick, while discussing Extinction Rebellion threat to cause disruption at Heathrow with drones.

p1stonhead

21,590 posts

118 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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carinaman said:
Just mentioned (about 15 minutes in) on Radio 4's PM, and mooted whether drone(s) were at Gatwick, while discussing Extinction Rebellion threat to cause disruption at Heathrow with drones.
stty thing to do but smart I guess. Little to no chance of getting caught and shutting down the whole airport.

wkers though.

milkround

666 posts

30 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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p1stonhead said:
stty thing to do but smart I guess. Little to no chance of getting caught and shutting down the whole airport.

wkers though.
I don't think there is little or no chance of being caught. With a bit of warning I reckon the military mighr be seeing this as a challenge. The police will be ready to go. If they try it someone will end up in jail no doubt.

Still a disgusting thing to do. Disrupting everyones holiday/work commitments and plans. And ironically causing more polution when planes are diverted and end up doing laps above the airport.

I don't reckon they will have the balls or stupid enough to do this. It's probably just attention seeking.

Vaud

35,414 posts

106 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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milkround said:
I don't think there is little or no chance of being caught. With a bit of warning I reckon the military mighr be seeing this as a challenge. The police will be ready to go. If they try it someone will end up in jail no doubt.

Still a disgusting thing to do. Disrupting everyones holiday/work commitments and plans. And ironically causing more polution when planes are diverted and end up doing laps above the airport.

I don't reckon they will have the balls or stupid enough to do this. It's probably just attention seeking.
Or it's a distraction technique.

Make lots of noise about blocking Heathrow, then block the channel tunnel or Gatwick instead.

eltawater

2,015 posts

130 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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Meanwhile, China keeps pumping out the emissions.

Strangely enough, none of the protestors fancy going over there to stage a protest?

El stovey

30,607 posts

214 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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article said:
The plan to use drones was revealed in a leaked consultation document shared between group members.
Should be easy enough to arrest these people?

surveyor

14,243 posts

135 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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I spent a week on a course with a chap from Heathrow who has a job that involves the technical side of radio at the airport. He was pretty well briefed on the equipment that the military brought in, together with additional stuff being added.

I think they would welcome a challenge to prove the defences work... to a degree at least.

kowalski655

9,584 posts

94 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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On LBC someone was saying thje leaked document only said they would fly drones when planes werent flying
All good fun until a terrorist joins the fun in time for the 1st take off

djc206

5,956 posts

76 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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eltawater said:
Meanwhile, China keeps pumping out the emissions.

Strangely enough, none of the protestors fancy going over there to stage a protest?
Yes China where the per capita emissions are roughly half that of the USA despite the fact they manufacture almost everything for the western consumer.

Vaud

35,414 posts

106 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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djc206 said:
Yes China where the per capita emissions are roughly half that of the USA despite the fact they manufacture almost everything for the western consumer.
Is per capita the issue or total emissions?

djc206

5,956 posts

76 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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Vaud said:
Is per capita the issue or total emissions?
It doesn’t really matter. We ask them to make all the tat we consume and then have the audacity to tell them they’re using too much energy to do it.

Anyway this is about drones. I know the sum total of nothing about our legal system but surely conspiracy to commit a crime is prosecutable no?

As someone has pointed out the Gatwick disruption caused an enormous amount of airborne holding and diversions which not only caused an incredible amount of pollution but also jeopardised the safety of air traffic. Targeting Heathrow would be counter productive as well as dangerous for the same reasons. An extra runway at Heathrow would with the right policies in place actually reduce emissions, it would probably be wise to campaign for such policies but failing that they best be sure Thompson lands before they launch the first drone.

wc98

9,360 posts

91 months

Friday 31st May 2019
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djc206 said:
Yes China where the per capita emissions are roughly half that of the USA despite the fact they manufacture almost everything for the western consumer.
that is the best whataboutery post i have ever read on here since i joined. you deserve a prize for that biggrin