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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DUBAI AIRPORT Deploys Drones to "HUNT" Invasive Drones


There’s no way around it: remote-controlled drones are a hot commodity. Be it for work or for pleasure, having a drone to fly around in the sky has given rise to a new popular pastime, especially in the more affluent countries of the world. Take for instance Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; many who could afford to own a camera drone would be inspired to take them for a spin in any wide open space they could find. Often this means driving into the area around Dubai’s international airport.

Unfortunately the presence of such privately owned drones intruding upon the airport’s airspace has led to some annoying inconveniences. According to CNN, Dubai International Airport has been forced to shut down operations three times this year alone, all cases because some overeager Dubai drone owner has been pushing their machine to fly as high as they could, and thus unwitting end in airspace that should have been kept clearfor aircraft taking off or landing. It may be hard to believe, but a single stray drone flying into the airport’s fly zone could wreak plenty of havoc in their regimented schedule, resulting in delays of flight departures and arrivals as officials scramble to figure out who’s responsible.

Well now Civil Aviation Authority is trying out a new means of keeping their airport drone-freeand they mean to do it by fighting fire with fire as it were. It involves deploying their own authorized drones as “drone hunters” against private drones that are threatening to encroach into restricted airspace.

Dubai CAI senior aerodrome inspector Salim Ali Mansouri remarks that an average drone user’s attitude of showing off their machine’s performance limits is a safety issue around airports that are also extremely costly when it comes to loss of operations. The last time a drone messed up traffic in Dubai international, the third busiest airport in the world, the airport was closed for one and a half hours and up to 22 incoming flights had to be diverted elsewhere. The average operational loss in such a closure was estimated to be around $1 million per minute.

This is where the drone hunters come in. Once in the air, the hunters patrol the airport’s fly zone. Since they’re registered, air traffic is always aware of their presence. When a drone hunter detects an encroaching private drone, it will scan the ground to detect the drone’s operator then transmit his coordinates to Dubai police who will then send a squad car to accost the offender.

If proven viable in the trial period, the hunter drones will be a regular fixture in Dubai airport operations before the year is out. This is but one means of drone control being tried out by airports around the world. In the Netherlands for instance, police have been looking at training eagles to physically seize and take down unruly drones around their airports.

Photo Credit to http://www.natureworldnews.com/

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