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Re: London Gatwick closed for hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by FLYAIR10 » 20 Dec 2018, 22:36

From what I’ve read elsewhere, the UAVs in question here seem far from toys. There have been reports of 7+ UAVs in the air around EGKK simultaneously, some reports even mentioned “petrol powered” UAVs.
This is a delibarate act to bring one of the UK’s biggest airports to a standstill, not some kid with a toy not knowing any better.
As such, regulating this would be far, far more difficult than just writing some legislation and calling it a day.
Maybe the RAF has to consider to create a killer-drone squadron to eliminate this kind of threat.
I was wondering what the armies/arms industry in the world are doing to counter the use of drones in general?
Usually when there is a new weapon, defence gurus are brainstorming how to eliminate the threat created by the new 'weapon'. I can not imagine some generals have not been thinking how to handle the new battlefield situation created by the widespread use of small and medium sized drones /UAV's which are used for recce,spying or even attacks. (In the LGW-case,using Apache helicopters to shoot down drones in a civil environment is probably too risky)
What about jamming? or hacking and take over control? Or are these LGW drones pre-programmed and can act, and react, on their own?

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Re: London Gatwick closed for hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by luchtzak » 20 Dec 2018, 23:32

Update #Gatwick confirms there has been another drone sighting in the last hour and the airport may be closed until Saturday #GatwickAirport

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Post by luchtzak » 20 Dec 2018, 23:33

The army has been called in to deal with the drone situation at London Gatwick.

MoD SP: "There are ongoing discussions with the police about any military capability that could be provided to assist with their operation."


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Re: London Gatwick closed for +24 hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 00:32

An easyJet made a brief tour of the airfield, then returning to the gate. Some users of social media say it's to lure the drone user out of his/her location.

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Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 00:36

London Gatwick tweet: Gatwick's runway will remain closed and all flights are cancelled for the rest of the evening because of continued drone sightings in and around the airfield as we continue to work with police and security partners to resolve the situation. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline and not travel to the airport if their flight is not confirmed. We share passengers’ frustration and are grateful for their ongoing patience.

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Post by KriVa » 21 Dec 2018, 07:56

Accoeding to Eurocontrol: Gatwick open again, but with extremely high delays.
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Re: London Gatwick closed for hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by Acid-drop » 21 Dec 2018, 10:05

FLYAIR10 wrote:
20 Dec 2018, 22:36
From what I’ve read elsewhere, the UAVs in question here seem far from toys. There have been reports of 7+ UAVs in the air around EGKK simultaneously, some reports even mentioned “petrol powered” UAVs.
This is a delibarate act to bring one of the UK’s biggest airports to a standstill, not some kid with a toy not knowing any better.
As such, regulating this would be far, far more difficult than just writing some legislation and calling it a day.
Maybe the RAF has to consider to create a killer-drone squadron to eliminate this kind of threat.
I was wondering what the armies/arms industry in the world are doing to counter the use of drones in general?
Usually when there is a new weapon, defence gurus are brainstorming how to eliminate the threat created by the new 'weapon'. I can not imagine some generals have not been thinking how to handle the new battlefield situation created by the widespread use of small and medium sized drones /UAV's which are used for recce,spying or even attacks. (In the LGW-case,using Apache helicopters to shoot down drones in a civil environment is probably too risky)
What about jamming? or hacking and take over control? Or are these LGW drones pre-programmed and can act, and react, on their own?
I guess the world has been very naive around this.
Military are working on it, but what about civilian defence ?
It really take only a few kids.
A cloud of 50 cheap 10€ drones taking off in 15 sec could create a huge mess.
I wonder how the situation is handled at other airports, unless this is a very targeted bad joke (lets not call it an attack until we know the real intentions), it can happen again anywhere
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Re: London Gatwick closed for +24 hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by sn26567 » 21 Dec 2018, 10:33

KriVa wrote:
21 Dec 2018, 07:56
Accoeding to Eurocontrol: Gatwick open again, but with extremely high delays.
LGW indeed open for a limited number of flights. Why not a full schedule if the drones have disappeared?
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Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 11:16

Friday 09.30: Gatwick's runway is now available and aircraft are arriving and departing. There are knock-on delays and cancellations to flights and we strongly recommend that you check the status of your flight with your airline before setting out for the airport today.

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Post by sean1982 » 21 Dec 2018, 12:08

The netherlands have a police squadron with american sea eagles to hunt drones. They assisted in Belgium when Trump was here. Maybe an option to prevent such cases?

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Post by sn26567 » 21 Dec 2018, 12:50

Rwandair statement:

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Post by sn26567 » 21 Dec 2018, 12:52

Ryanair statement:

Travel update: Ryanair flights scheduled to operate to/from London Gatwick today (21 Dec) will instead operate to/from London Stansted. All affected customers have been notified by our Customer Care team
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Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 18:22

London Gatwick closed again, aircraft currently holding ....

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Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 19:02

#Gatwick Update Confirmed Runway will remain closed till 9PM #GatwickAirport
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Re: London Gatwick closed for +24 hours after drone activity around the airfield

Post by luchtzak » 21 Dec 2018, 19:26

Flights have now resumed. Airfield movements were suspended while we investigated this as safety remains our main priority. The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with reassurance necessary to re-open our airfield.


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Post by luchtzak » 23 Dec 2018, 13:25

Two people arrested following drone incursions at Gatwick Airport released without charge: https://www.aviation24.be/airports/lond ... ut-charge/

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Post by luchtzak » 23 Dec 2018, 13:29

Two people wrongly charged, yet picture shamed in newspaper(s) and online ...

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