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BS: Drones

Jack Campin 31 Dec 18 - 04:20 PM
Senoufou 31 Dec 18 - 04:40 PM
Senoufou 01 Jan 19 - 08:44 AM
leeneia 01 Jan 19 - 12:07 PM
Iains 02 Jan 19 - 03:41 PM
David Carter (UK) 03 Jan 19 - 09:40 AM
Iains 03 Jan 19 - 02:14 PM
Senoufou 03 Jan 19 - 05:53 PM
BobL 04 Jan 19 - 03:20 AM
Iains 08 Jan 19 - 01:12 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 19 - 01:26 PM
Jos 08 Jan 19 - 03:45 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 19 - 03:59 PM
Thompson 08 Jan 19 - 04:03 PM
Jos 08 Jan 19 - 05:01 PM
Jos 08 Jan 19 - 05:06 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 19 - 05:06 PM
Jos 08 Jan 19 - 05:20 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 19 - 05:35 PM
Tattie Bogle 08 Jan 19 - 06:04 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 19 - 06:09 PM
Mossback 08 Jan 19 - 06:57 PM
Steve Shaw 08 Jan 19 - 07:05 PM
Backwoodsman 09 Jan 19 - 02:09 AM
Senoufou 09 Jan 19 - 02:29 AM
Jos 09 Jan 19 - 04:55 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 04:20 PM

The latest suggestion from the police is that almost all, if not all, of the drone sightings were of their own drones sent up to investigate. Same sort of scenario as GK Chesterton's book where a terrorist cell was entirely composed of secret policemen spying on each other.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 04:40 PM

Well really! That's like something from Rowan Atkinson's sitcom The Thin Blue Line or the Keystone Cops! Absolutely ridiculous.
There will have to be an independent inquiry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 08:44 AM

I see a man was arrested for climbing up one of the towers of the Severn Bridge and attempting to fly a blooming drone. It meant the bridge was closed for ages and it caused tailbacks. What a clot!


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 12:07 PM

I've often thought that drones should be considered for locating puppy mills and meth labs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Iains
Date: 02 Jan 19 - 03:41 PM

"A £50,000 reward for information has been issued by Crimestoppers, which said it had "passed on close to 30 pieces of information to law enforcement within the first 24 hours".

A suggestion by a senior Sussex police officer that there may have been no drones was later dismissed as a "miscommunication".

The force said it was investigating "relevant sightings" from 115 witnesses - 93 of whom it described as "credible" - including airport staff, police officers and a pilot.

The MoD said: "The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick. The Armed Forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received."

Tens of thousands delayed at the airport because of drones. Probably 90% had a phone with a camera. There were also numerous "officials" , drone hunting, yet not a single photograph or video has been seen.

Does anyone still believe that a drone ever existed, or did some other
occurrence require flights to be grounded?


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: David Carter (UK)
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 09:40 AM

I think what they said was 115 sightings, 93 of them from credible witnesses. Which if you read it carefully is not precisely the same.

My view is that it a combination of monumental incompetence and mass hysteria.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Iains
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 02:14 PM

Credible witnesses have also sighted UFOs. Most people tend to laugh at them.(I keep an open mind)

I would say a "convenient" explanation of monumental incompetence and mass hysteria. Personally I think something else was going on but I have not a clue as to what.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 03 Jan 19 - 05:53 PM

I'm still surprised that no other UK airports have been shut down because of drones. Most odd.

Husband has now had to change his travel schedule as blooming Air Portugal have cancelled some of their flights from Gatwick (one of which was his) and he got cross and demanded a refund.

He's booked a different journey now with Air Brussels, flying from Heathrow. Just two flights to get him to Abidjan. And if The Drones are not in evidence (fingers crossed) it should all proceed safely."Insh Allah" as he puts it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: BobL
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 03:20 AM

Credible witnesses have also sighted UFOs Such as airline pilots perhaps, who aren't going to risk going near enough to identify them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Iains
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:12 PM

and now Heathrow

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1069060/heathrow-airport-drone-latest-flight-status-suspended-runway-closed-london-news


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 01:26 PM

Oh crumbs Iains! And there was I thinking Heathrow might escape the Curse of The Drones!
He flies on July 31st. Maybe they'll have sorted it out by then? I do feel sorry for all the folk who are delayed/stranded today though. Nightmare!


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 03:45 PM

The latest I heard was that after about an hour, flights to and from Heathrow resumed. I hope it stays that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 03:59 PM

Me too Jos.
I saw on the News that they were continuing with landings throughout the scare. Odd, because I'd have thought the danger was the same whether an aircraft was taking off or coming down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Thompson
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 04:03 PM

I notice, by the way, that the newscasters are now calling the airport HEATHrow rather than, as English people have always done heretofore, HeathROW.

As for the drones, they're the equivalent of the lasers that bold boys shone into pilots' eyes with dangerous effect a few years ago. (I met a neighbour of mine one day and a kid had just done this to him as he sat at the front seat on the upper salon of a bus. He raced off the bus, collared the lad and gave him a few good thumps, which may not have been correct or wise, but certainly re-educated the little vermin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 05:01 PM

Newsreaders and broadcasters just seem to follow the latest trends. It's not just HEATHrow, we also get yesterDAY (as if emphasising that it isn't yesternight) instead of YESterday, and 'on the WEEKend' instead of 'at the weekEND'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 05:06 PM

Heathrow has two runways, one being used for taking off and the other one for landing, and the drone was only seen near one of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 05:06 PM

My first seventeen years of life were spent very near there. We could see the control tower clearly from the windows of our classrooms at the grammar school.
As a child my father often took me to the new Queen's Building, where one could go up on the top to view the aircraft.
But in those days, it was called London Airport!


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 05:20 PM

I spent two or three years in the sixties living in Hounslow West under the flight path. It was a first-floor flat and it seemed as if the aircraft coming in to land would fly in through the kitchen window and out through the living room. Sometimes the wind changed and the planes were taking off, which was much louder and more disrupting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 05:35 PM

In my day, the aircraft were mostly propeller types, not jets, so not all that noisy. My father (ex RAF) was crazy about planes and used to identify them all for me, eg Stratocruiser etc.

One of my friends called Susan (most of them were called Susan!) lived opposite the runway at London Airport, on the Bath Road.

I used to go swimming in Heston swimming pool Jos. Not far from Hounslow!


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 06:04 PM

Maybe a bit selfish, but I would do anything to avoid travelling via Heathrow or Gatwick. Travel companies S of the Border seem to think its the only way (at the cost for us N of the Border of an extra flight!)
Edinburgh is our local airport, and while it may not be immune from drone attack, any flying we do starts and finishes here!
(e.g. Buenos Aires - Air France to CDG Paris, then long-haul to Buenos Aires, Singapore - AF to Paris CDG then onward to Singapore, only 2 flights)


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 06:09 PM

We love Edinburgh Airport. Fly direct from Norwich, only takes an hour in a little Dornier plane.

I suppose these idiots-with-drones could pop up at any airport and have 'fun' disrupting flights and causing enormous distress. There should be stiff punishments for doing it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Mossback
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 06:57 PM

Mud Elves take note: this thread is mis-titled.

It should be designated as "ASSHOLES"

Drones are a piece of machinery- neither good nor bad.

As usual, the morons who use these machines for asinine stuff should be regulated - or better yet assassinated.

Ya can't cure stupid.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 07:05 PM

I've never said anything other than HEATHrow all my life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 02:09 AM

"I've never said anything other than HEATHrow all my life."

Me too Steve, as does everyone I know. Never heard anyone, English, Outer Mongolian, or whatever, talk about HeathROW. It's also WEEKend where I come from, and YESterday.

Mebbe it's a Norf/Sarf fing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 02:29 AM

I say HEATHrow too. If someone said HeathROW I'd assume it was the name of a street of houses (Heath Row).


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Subject: RE: BS: Drones
From: Jos
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 04:55 AM

In fact, although I say HeathROW, I say HEATHrow airport.


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