Drone causes disruption at Gatwick airport, But where is the evidence AGAIN!

So yet again the media goes bananas over a completely non evidenced event.
Apparently a drone was spotted flying near gatwick airport and the airport has massive disruptions as a result .
Does anyone have any evidence......NOPE
Does this article refer to other events that were "drone related incidents" yes, but the events it refers to also have NO evidence!

What are your guys opinions on the matter?

#BBC #UFO https://goo.gl/8wFN74
Drone causes disruption at Gatwick, evidence shows..... oh wait there is no evidence!
#FakeNews #CNN

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Comment by Fnoop on July 3, 2017 at 2:23pm

Who are you, donald trump?

This wasn't just some newspaper headline, air traffic control effectively shut down the airspace for two time periods, diverting dozens of aircraft, thousands of passengers and costing $xm.  I very much doubt they did this for no reason whatsoever.

There are plenty of cretins who bought a drone over the internet and fly it stupidly, I meet them all the time.  It is only a matter of time before a real accident happens and god forbid it should happen to a passenger plane.  I read this and thought I hope they catch the moron who did this and make a public example of them.

Comment by Jared Reabow on July 3, 2017 at 2:25pm

Lol my evidence is the lack of evidence....


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Comment by Chris Norris on July 4, 2017 at 12:53am

The question is, if you were the operations manager on the day and you had a report of a drone in your airspace would you delay while the report is substantiated or would you err on the side of caution? 

Personally I suspect it's a slightly dubious story, it's as likely to be a helium balloon as anything else. At this stage the hysteria has gripped the public such that everything with multi rotors is a camera equipped spy machine capable of reading your newspaper from a mile away. 

Comment by Jared Reabow on July 4, 2017 at 12:57am

I dont think that is the question at all.
They made the correct choice in being cautious, but that fact that the runway was opened very quickly after being closed indicates that was little to no evidence which means telling passengers the delay was cause by a drone and in turn the media saying a drone caused disruption is wrong.


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Comment by Chris Norris on July 4, 2017 at 1:55am

Ahhhh yes that is a fair point. I also wonder why it was closed again a few minutes later. It seems very much like they couldn't make their minds up 

Comment by Mark on July 4, 2017 at 6:53am

It seems that one guy flew his multi-rotor under 30 feet high somewhere 5+ miles away from the airport and a neighbor called a police. Police reported it down the line at the time the multi-rotor pilot landed and went home.

The hype is growing and police/civilians/air traffic controllers/news makers got promoted for impeccable work on public safety.

Comment by Jared Reabow on July 4, 2017 at 7:01am

where is this being reported?

Comment by Jared Reabow on July 4, 2017 at 8:55am

Mark you have provided no evidence and there is nothing online that i could find to back up your statement

Comment by Mark on July 4, 2017 at 10:13am

Jared,

I was speaking hypothetically.. no statement 

Comment by Gary McCray on July 4, 2017 at 11:38am

A significant problem is that many Pilots hate drones and think they should be eliminated as a potential worry for them and also as potential job replacements for theirs.

There is at least some evidence that drones are being over reported and outright lied about.

There are also many reported instances which have turned out to be things that are not drones, from garbage on the runway to birds and balloons.

There are also reports at absurd altitudes, where no civilian drone can actually get to and still be in communication with the ground or have a battery that lasts long enough to get it to that altitude.

To this point in time there has not been one confirmed drone strike on a plane by a civilian drone.

England actually seems to have way more reports of errant drones than anywhere else, they also have one of the most hostile pilots associations to drones.

A coincidence I am sure - not.

This absolutely doesn't mean there is no danger, there are stupid or unaware people who do operate drones (quadcopters) without using any common sense and eventually that will cause real problems.

For now, the best we can do is to try and make everybody aware that we fly legally and responsibly and let everyone know that is their responsiblity too.

Best regards,

Gary

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