Saturday, 19 January, 2019

London's Heathrow Consults Public As It Plans Thousands Of Extra Flights

Drones have GPS systems fitted which stop them from functioning when they exceed height restrictions Image Drone owners will have to register from November
Laurie Berry | 08 January, 2019, 20:44

Important safety proposals being taken forward include better protection for our airports by significantly extending the area around airports and runways in which drones are banned from being flown.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers are investigating reports of a drone sighting near the runway.

Departures from Heathrow Airport in London have been stopped after a potential drone sighting.

'We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause'.

Gatwick and Heathrow officials have pledge to invest in anti-drone technology, with United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling saying to Parliament on Monday to extend drone exclusion zones near United Kingdom airports.

It comes just weeks after the Gatwick Airport descended into chaos amid reported drone sightings before Christmas.

"As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are now investigating the reports with colleagues from airport".

German politicians targeted by hackers
German newspaper Bild said that the entire German cabinet was victimized, along with various German musicians and comedians. Hackers have leaked the personal data and documents of hundreds of German lawmakers, a government spokeswoman said Friday.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the military was "preparing to deploy the equipment used at Gatwick at Heathrow quickly should it prove necessary".

BBC producer Kathy Long, speaking from a plane waiting to depart at Heathrow, said passengers had not been told officially what was behind the delay.

The system, which is said to have a range of several miles, uses four radars to give 360-degree detection in order to identify and track targets.

Heathrow said earlier this month it was working closely with authorities including the police and looking at relevant technology to combat the threat of drones.

The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a five kilometre radius, with additional extensions from the end of runways.

From November 30 this year, operators of drones weighing between 250g and 20kg will also have to register and take an online pilot competency test.

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