Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby caramba » 20 Dec 2018, 12:42

Madness trying to get back from Europe at the moment with many airlines' rebook pages down and emergency phone hotlines busy.
Thank god, all the fuckers behind the prank only managed to disrupt flights rather than actually down a plane over the outskirts of London.

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Postby The Prof » 20 Dec 2018, 12:48

Drones are only supposed to stay up in the air about 20 minutes at a time. They must have an inexhaustible supply of battery packs.

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Postby caramba » 20 Dec 2018, 13:12

Looks like that.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Jeremy Corbyn and Dianne Abbott are behind it...

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Postby The Prof » 20 Dec 2018, 15:51

As if the delays and cancellations aren't bad enough, someone's organising the children waiting to sing Christmas carols in the airport.
I can't imagine what it's like.

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Postby yomptepi » 20 Dec 2018, 16:08

Earlier on there were planes queuing high in the skies above the golden triangle. Always a sign of trouble at one of the big airports.
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Postby caramba » 20 Dec 2018, 16:33

I got my flight back to the UK sorted out in the end.

Must be fucking awful for families with small kids whose holidays have been wrecked for what is - hopefully - just some childish prank gone horribly out of control.

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Postby Tactful Cactus » 20 Dec 2018, 21:09

A Gatwick statement said that travellers should not come to Gatwick for the foreseeable future . Its incredible how helpless security services have shown themselves to be. This incident will change things. Its like bloody Black Mirror.

A question for who might know: How far away can the controller be to remain in contact with the drone?

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Postby driftin » 20 Dec 2018, 21:29

My sister's arriving from Switzerland tomorrow morning at Luton. I hope she isn't affected by the repercussions.

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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby caramba » 21 Dec 2018, 08:07

Luckily, any inconvenience I've experienced has been minor - just a day late in getting back to the UK in time for Xmas.

The 350,000 other travellers' whose journeys have been fucked up aren't nearly so lucky, and according to this morning's papers apparently aren't entitled to any compo from the airlines/airport under EU rules.

There's another 349,999 votes to leave in any second referendum then.

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Postby Deebank » 21 Dec 2018, 09:30

It's a very interesting situation I reckon.
Aside from the major arse-ache for all those travelling to and from Gatwick which is horrendous of course and in some ways bears out Goog's philosophy that it's better to stay at home, I reckon there's something 'bigger' going on here (he says stating the obvious).

Firstly, it's not some nutter having a laugh is it. This is organised and thought through. The drones seem to be working to a plan having apparently been pre-programmed so the operator(s) can't be traced and the remote control(s) can't be jammed. And then there's the whole battery life thing - this 'attack' was going on for around 24 hrs!

I don't think it's terrorists - what's the point of terrorising if you don't let it be known that you are responsible? That is pointless.
As already stated I don't think a bunch of funsters would go to this sort of trouble just for a giggle - that just feels wrong.

So that what does that leave? Organised criminals? An extortion racket?

I reckon Gatwick Airport coughed up a 'ransom' and the 'attack' stopped.

At least no one was harmed. :?
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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby The Prof » 21 Dec 2018, 10:51

I hope it's not environmental protestors because they'll have done their cause a shit load of damage.

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Postby The Prof » 21 Dec 2018, 10:58

According to the Daily Express, a drone expert is "CONVINCED" its a UFO or........


"a plastic bag with lights on".

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Postby trans-chigley express » 21 Dec 2018, 14:18

Tactful Cactus wrote:A question for who might know: How far away can the controller be to remain in contact with the drone?

Depends on the drone but a decent one should be over 1 mile

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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby caramba » 22 Dec 2018, 09:28

Apparently two people have been visited by the boys from Letsby Avenue Nick

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Postby never/ever » 22 Dec 2018, 09:51

The news here mentioned that police now were authorised to shoot down drones but that they didn't think it was the most ideal solution...

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Postby Deebank » 22 Dec 2018, 10:00

never/ever wrote:The news here mentioned that police now were authorised to shoot down drones but that they didn't think it was the most ideal solution...

You kiddin' me?


Firing off live ammunition in a built up area - near aircraft - is not a great idea I suppose.

Saying that, I would imagine electro magnetic pulse weapons - another potential solution - are not safe when you have planes in the air either.
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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby never/ever » 22 Dec 2018, 10:17

I would assume that any drone flying either straight into or close by a plane would be considered a potential (terrorist) threat and therefore subject to forceful removal.
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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby caramba » 22 Dec 2018, 11:41

Surely the police would only have fired at drones that had been sent up to delay planned runway re-openings rather than at drones that were flying when aircraft were actually taking off/touching down

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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby The Prof » 22 Dec 2018, 12:00

You'd have thought some explosive laden surface to air missile would have done the job.
Or even a coyote on roller skates with a rocket on it's back.

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Re: Anyone else been affected by the drone at Gatwick?

Postby The Prof » 23 Dec 2018, 17:43

Now, according to the police, there’s;
“no available footage of the drones and police were relying on witness accounts.”
Leading to the possibility that there were/are no drones at all.

I mean.....what on earth.....?.