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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Not really aware of any drone issue, who is it who is flying these then?
      Were they not a fad Christmas pressie that died a death, not sure I've seen any flying about.
      Im sure if they were causing problems the air authorities would put some stop to their use.


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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      Were they not a fad Christmas pressie that died a death, not sure I've seen any flying about.
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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Certainly there is an issue with flying drones fitted with cameras over private homes without the consent of the owners. The paparazzi have enough issues to deal with when they climb trees and walls in order to photograph various famous people.

      When they are reasonably small to see, drones can be hard to spot. The larger ones can have some great cameras which can have equally good zoom lenses. The smaller ones can be very difficult to spot if you aren't aware of their presence. Low down they all make a fair noise so would easily draw your attention.

      Another issue that is happening in the States is that some are being used to make deliveries. Yes I know that Amazon has now launched a new service which makes use of the drnes to deliver goods, but I'm referring to drones being used to ship drugs across the Mexican border and also into Prisons.

      Police stop ANOTHER drone delivering drugs to prison

      Drug delivery drone crashes in Mexico - BBC News

      Perhaps they'll copy the idea over here?

      Strangeways prison smugglers crash drone delivering drugs and mobile phones - Telegraph

      Drones operated by criminal gangs used to deliver drugs mobile phones and potentially firearms to prisoners, admit senior officials | Crime | News | The Independent

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Certainly there is an issue with flying drones fitted with cameras over private homes without the consent of the owners. The paparazzi have enough issues to deal with when they climb trees and walls in order to photograph various famous people.

      When they are reasonably small to see, drones can be hard to spot. The larger ones can have some great cameras which can have equally good zoom lenses. The smaller ones can be very difficult to spot if you aren't aware of their presence. Low down they all make a fair noise so would easily draw your attention.

      Another issue that is happening in the States is that some are being used to make deliveries. Yes I know that Amazon has now launched a new service which makes use of the drnes to deliver goods, but I'm referring to drones being used to ship drugs across the Mexican border and also into Prisons.

      Police stop ANOTHER drone delivering drugs to prison

      Drug delivery drone crashes in Mexico - BBC News

      Perhaps they'll copy the idea over here?

      Strangeways prison smugglers crash drone delivering drugs and mobile phones - Telegraph

      Drones operated by criminal gangs used to deliver drugs mobile phones and potentially firearms to prisoners, admit senior officials | Crime | News | The Independent
      Suppose the only good thing is that they are not strong enough to allow a prisoner to escape, yet!
      Would have been a great episode for porridge all those years ago.
      Oh technology its always looked on as something the press have to find something bad to report or make up, well that's life today!

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Unfortunately they are still using helicopters for that one.

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      There are already rules in place covering the use of drones. Restrictions depend on the weight of the machine.

      CAA Approval UAV and Drone Aerial Photography Drone Videography Guide - Quadcopters.co.uk

      UK Dronecode explained - Feature - PC Advisor

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Drone hits plane at Heathrow airport, says pilot

      Drone hits plane at Heathrow airport, says pilot | UK news | The Guardian
      British Airways passenger jet lands safely in London after reported midair collision

      Police are investigating a pilot’s claim that his plane was struck by a drone as it approached Heathrow airport.

      The Metropolitan police said they were contacted on Sunday afternoon by the pilot, who landed the plane safely at Terminal 5. No one has been arrested, officers said.

      The flight, BA727, was coming in to London from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew.

      British Airways said the Airbus A320 had been examined by engineers and cleared to take off for its next flight after the incident.

      Steve Landells, flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), said: “Frankly it was only a matter of time before we had a drone strike given the huge numbers being flown around by amateurs who don’t understand the risks and the rules.

      “It appears that no serious damage was done on this occasion, but what is clear is that while most drones are flown safely, sensibly and within the limits of the law, much more education of drone users and enforcement of the rules is needed to ensure our skies remain safe from this threat.”

      Earlier this month, the airline pilots’ union called for an investigation into the likely effects of a drone strike on an aircraft after a report by the UK Airprox Board found that there were 23 near-misses between drones and aircraft in the six months between April and October last year.

      They included one on 22 September, when a Boeing 777 that had just taken off reported that a drone narrowly passed the right hand side of the airliner. Investigators concluded that the drone was at the same height and within 25 metres of the jet. A report was made to police but the drone operator was not traced.

      Days later, a drone was flown within a few metres of an Airbus A319 landing at Heathrow. The pilot told the UK Airprox Board the drone may have been just 20 feet above and 25 yards to the left when it passed by the aircraft.

      The jet was flying at an altitude of 500 feet and was on the final approach when the drone was spotted.

      After that incident, Landells had discussed the possibility of engine failure in the event of a drone striking aplane. “You end up with very high-velocity bits of metal going anywhere they like. That could be through fuel tanks, through hydraulic lines and even into the cabin,” he said.

      “Losing the engine is not going to cause an aircraft to crash because they are designed to fly with one engine down. But an uncontained engine failure is going to be different every time. That could be very serious indeed.”

      “The first thing we want to do is get a drone or at least the critical parts of a drone flying at a windscreen of an aircraft. The indications so far with computer modelling are that you’ll end up with penetration of a windscreen.

      “One possibility is that the battery smashes the windscreen and the inside layer of the windscreen shatters and you end up with a lot of glass in the cockpit, probably moving at quite high speed.

      “As a pilot, I don’t want to be sitting there when that’s going on.”

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      Its going to be a case of the government stop selling drones to the public and sell only to registered qualified businesses or people with legit reasons and ban them.

      Just because of some mindless <removed>.
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      Re: UAVs or Drones

      I'm really surprised that they haven't jumped all over this a long time ago.

      Sure the innocent among us will just see the accidental possibility of a drone hitting an aircraft coming in to land, but it isn't such a large leap to weaponising one. Fly it a little higher and find a larger aircraft and oops!

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      Re: UAVs or Drones

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