Two residents of the town next to London Gatwick are under arrest in connection with the days-long disruption to London’s second airport.
Airports are resorting to advanced technology electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) systems to detect and classify intruders by day or night, increasing safety and levels of collision avoidance.
After a day of attempting to return to normal, given the number of flights disrupted by unknown individuals operating drones in proximity to London’s Gatwick Airport, the airfield was again closed due to drone activity at approximately 1700 on Friday UK time, reopening approximately an hour later.
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With the rising use of drones many issues will arise to safely and efficiently accommodate this very different type of airspace user.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) chief executive and director of aviation safety Shane Carmondy says the number of incidents involving drones has levelled off despite their growing popularity.