AeroScope: Orchestrating The Sky

With drones rising in popularity to capture photos and video, it’s important to know who’s flying nearby, so we can coordinate with people who are approved and talk to others who may not be,” said Sam Parks, Director of Operations for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Read full article here.

What Could A Drone Collision Do To An Aeroplane Wing?

Drones can do significantly more damage than bird strikes. How much damage? It depends on what and where. Researchers have been studying various forms of theoretical collisions, including what happens if a drone collides with a plane’s nose cone or gets sucked into its engine. Now, a group of scientists attempted to explore the dangers of a wing collision by recreating one in the lab. Researchers from the University of Dayton loaded a standard recreational drone into a cannon, fired it at a plane wing and observed the carnage that resulted.

The Gatwick Airport Drone Incident

Between 19 and 21 December 2018, hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport near London, England, following 67 reports of drone sightings close to the runway. The incident caused major travel disruption during the holiday season, affecting about 140,000 passengers and over 1,000 flights. At this time, the perpetrators have not been identified or apprehended.