Gatwick Drone Incident The Last Chapter

The Gatwick Drone Incident in December 2018 has caused a lot of debate, In this final part I take a look at some of the comments left on the video, explain something people misunderstood, and look at a couple of other drone related news items.
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  1. Jacques de Molay on February 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Whoever did it must have had a fully loaded stock of 72 batteries.
    Typically a battery will last 30 minutes give or take.
    So he must have had a van to carry it .

  2. Airotech uk on February 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    As drones use gps to fly aren’t they programmed not to fly into airport air space around the world, and this was the safety precaution the manufactures had to do to sell them, I have a dji phantom 2 and it clearly states in the manual it will not take off or fly into airport space as it has been programmed not to, and shows a map of every airport in the world, works much the same as a mobile phone shows its location (looks like a made up story to get drones band or introduce high licence fees) good video by the way

  3. CatCrafter YT on February 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Do this on Heathrow now 🙂

  4. Aaron Fraser on February 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Steven,

    I know someone who works at LGW. And they have seen it themselves and their is also CCTV evidence.

  5. SJF on February 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    The police have said they were flying their own drones, so who’s to say that what the “witnesses “ saw were these drones looking for the initial drone?

  6. ETC Flyers on February 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Perception is reality – who needs pictures or proof all you need is a crazy with a cell phone to terrorize Americans.

  7. dom bizkit on February 19, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    How’ve you not done another video yet regarding Heathrow ?!?……

  8. RC Flyer on February 19, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    If these people believe anything the news media puts out they are not very smart. There was no proof at all that a drone shut down the airport and now another airport has been shut down and again no pictures or proof of any kind. The news media loves these stories so they will not have coverage that shows this was all total B.S.

  9. Fancy fortnite Games on February 19, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Trolls who are happy to be abusive, offensive and unpleasant as they are faceless, nameless and brainless!
    Many thanks for the videos

  10. 1701:TheFyldeFlyer on February 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Nice one, Steve. Those of us who fly, whether RC or drones, know this whole Gatwick situation was an utter farce. The Gatwick CEO said, live on tv "There’s a drone over my airport as we speak’ and yet not a single picture of it was cpatured while he spoke by anyone outside! If he knew there was a ‘drone’ over his airport at that very moment, why no pictures? Surely everyone else knew?

  11. Alistair Barclay on February 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Loved your intelligent post from Mr Fordham.

  12. IAN PAYNE on February 19, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Keep up good work Steve – great vids !!!

  13. CastAirLead on February 19, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    What is your opinion on the commenters who are claiming Manchester Arena and Grenfell were false events? I’m genuinely disgusted.

  14. Paul Buswell on February 19, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    The airport sale was going through with the French at the time. The ATC crashed (again) and it would have looked bad to the prospective buyer, admitting that the ATC was glitchy…Hence a ‘drone’ was promptly sighted, and attention diverted from the real problem.

  15. Wolfe Addams on February 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    there’s always the possibility this was a ufo. would have been fascinating if it was – over xmas & around the same time of year as Rendlesham Forrest.
    but in all honesty it’s seeming like some MP concoction to sell that Israel made "Drone Dome" just another conflict of interest stunt – much like Terresa May & her arms company finance advisor husband. in fact they more or less gave the game away when they admitted this system is already on site at Gatwick & "standing by" ready for every major uk airport.
    the perimeter cameras & security patrols at Gatwick would have picked up someone with a drone in 10mins – certainly not 30 hours.

  16. mancave creations on February 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I’m also being approached now with negative comments when flying now

  17. on February 19, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Anther drone incident agan!!!! please talk bout this on yes again on the 8 jan if im right??

  18. Keir Bracken on February 19, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    So cud an remote aeroplane not drive but intention of person using it

  19. King of the pennies on February 19, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Haha now Heathrow has had a drone sighting, looks like the Ruskies have hacked our airports:)

  20. Modig Beowulf on February 19, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Great videos. (Someone from the South.)

  21. Geffo Me on February 19, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Odd how your perfectly logical reasoning attracted such attention from trolls. They’re either dimwits that just like being obnoxious or people with an agenda. Perhaps they just want us to stop thinking about this. The Gatwick incident seems well fishy to me.

  22. mrflibble on February 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    MoD drone squadron testing anyone?

  23. Northern Soul on February 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    keep up the good work, don’t even give those troll comments air time mate 🙂

  24. OG wal on February 19, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    So I can report a drone sighting with no footage and get an airport closed down. No drone needed.
    And clearly this was a UFO aka E.T… Aliens are among us! Run for the hills!
    If this event actually did happen then a lot of ppl would of seen and taken video and even followed it home. I’m sure the press would of had someone waiting with a very good camera after the first time it returned.

  25. Andy harpist on February 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    always remember that on the Internet there are, kids aged 8 having a go at it all’s not something to even get cross about..let alone give a reply.!

  26. Steve Barker on February 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Man, I’m VERY impressed with the way you conduct yourself in response to such harsh comments!

    Your reasoned and mannerly response to flagrant disrespect and outright attack from armchair experts is admirable and an example to us all.

    I’m interested in drones but don’t own one as yet. I just wonder what went on here and am concerned that this incident will be used to drive through legislation that will inhibit drone use.

    Whilst I can see the sense in controlling heavier drone use around airports and built up areas, drones are getting smaller, lighter, smarter and able to provide vastly better imaging every year.

    I think that authorities fear drones because they can be used by the public to monitor police or military activity. There may well be genuine need for that at times, but I sense a more sinister desire to curtail evidence that can be used to hold authorities accountable.

  27. Aerial Videos Drone Photography on February 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you this was good!

  28. Colin Mill on February 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Well, we now have first indications of the government’s response that follows the age-old format:-
    1) The search for the guilty
    2) The punishment of the innocent
    Apparently we are to have exclusion zones around airports increased from 1km to 5km with as yet undeclared extensions along runway centrelines (the 120m height and registration stuff was already here or in the pipeline).

    While there is no doubt the press have whipped up a storm and the airline pilots have been perhaps less than honest (or delusional) about what they have seen this is no different to the situation that existed when BALPA tried to get gliding effectively stopped over a great chunk of the UK back in 1969. BALPA’s tactics were much the same then as now: taking stories of near-misses to the press rather than reporting them through official channels through which they would be investigated. Thankfully, the British Gliding Association managed to prevail with the Board of Trade and gliding freedoms were preserved but things have changed in the intervening years to make the current situation very different.

    Back then, a statistical argument (prepared by the aerodynamicist Frank Irving I believe) demonstrated “an acceptable level of risk” existed from the current regulations and that no further changes were needed. These days the “safety is paramount” mantra means the only acceptable level of risk is zero especially when it comes to any new innovation (just contemplate trying to get the motor car accepted by H&S if it didn’t already exist!) So it is no good putting forward an argument about how unlikely a drone-aircraft collision is or arguing how unlikely an accident might be resulting from such a collision – it just won’t wash these days.
    The other element was that the BGA could prove that some of the near-misses claimed were fantasy as they could account for the whereabouts of all the gliders registered in the country at the time to show they were either on the ground or too far away to have possibly been the cause of the reported incident. Obviously this is impossible for drones in this case.

    And of course the airline pilots have all the evidence they need right here on YouTube proving there are a small number of selfish idiots (there is no more appropriate words) that publish videos showing they just don’t obey the rules and, in the case of those posting videos of aircraft on approach, are making the pilot’s case for them.

    Or to put it succinctly – we are screwed thanks to a few narcissistic @r$eh0le$.

  29. JockOfAges on February 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Just reading today’s Sun, and there’s a story on p15 about how a drone came within 50ft of a private jet on approach to land (800ft height apparently). Did anyone hear anything about this when it happened, either way, it didn’t shut down Glasgow International Airport for 2days, in fact i don’t think there was any delays or shutdowns etc.
    I don’t know exactly why they shut Gatwick down, but it wasn’t because of a drone, IMO.

  30. Pooper Scooper on February 19, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Is there footage of said drones ? Or clip ? I agree it’s issues they are covering up .

  31. Rob on February 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I like your down to Earth approach we got Heathrow now …

  32. Keir Bracken on February 19, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Can’t stop an aeroplane flying into twin towers how they Gona stop drones, remote aeroplanes or whatever abs red flag rubbish stop believing the media lies, it’s away of avoiding compensation to passengers who delayed ..

  33. Cronos Dan on February 19, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Heathrow has now had a sighting of a drone.

  34. Jonathan Kerr-Smith on February 19, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Well done with making these videos. Thanks God you have done it. I knew straight away it was bull shit. Who knows what happened, we will never know the truth, like with 9/11, MH370 and a numerous other incidents. Nothing wrong with asking questions like this, people who believe it was a done are very mis-informed. Keep it up. We need people like you

  35. Kerry Aldrich on February 19, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Plenty of stories about windscreen bird strikes causing mayhem…but no one is shutting down any airports over that and airports are where strikes are likeliest. 16,000 bird strikes a year in the U.S. alone. Not one damn airport shut down. Now how the hell would a drone be any worse than a 20 lb goose?

  36. rogergaard on February 19, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    please comment on this video KGTgMkWqFGQ

  37. mancave creations on February 19, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    It’s because of the simple minded people that big organizations get away with stunts like this
    After about 2 hours of the the news being announced things started not adding up and I was already looking for other answers
    If the uneducated public that have no knowledge of DRONES DRONES DRONES are going to be so easily deceived then obviously it’s a great cover story
    I’m just intrigued in the real reason behind it all and a bit annoyed that my hobbies are being affected by deceit it’s obiouse that as technology evolves corporation’s are going to want the air space but at least be honest with us as to why the hobbie is in the way

  38. blastman8888 on February 19, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    After the news reports and statements from the police I have come to the conclusion this incident was basically started as a hoax, or someone mistook another object they saw for a drone. Once the first report came in police flew their own drones to have a look around possibly this was done without any coordination, or procedure in place that triggered more calls. The police flew more drones which caused more calls. The police want to respond as fast as they can find the operator make an arrest. If you ever known anyone who was a police officer their jobs can be boring but when an incident happens their one function is to make an arrest. In the states if an officer makes a felony arrest that’s a big deal goes in their record and helps them move up in the department. They are highly motivated to be quick before the offender gets away this mentality is what I think drove the situation. They put drones up and who ever was in control of the situation thought the new reports were legitimate illegal drone. Later a police commander someone made a news report said may have never been a drone and people mistook their drones for illegal ones. I really think that statement was the truth an officer that was probably in charge of the situation not higher up in the department told the truth. Later higher ups didn’t want to admit their mistake came out said that information was incorrect. It’s been long time now hasn’t been any drone found maybe someday we will learn what really happened that day when Gatwick was closed for 36 hours.

  39. lowkey broadcaster on February 19, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    let’s face it amazon and dominos etc want the 400 feet clear of recreational drones so they can safely deliver there goods, what better way to start the ball rolling for a complete ban and public disapproval than to disrupt and airport at Christmas. just saying!!!

  40. ADF Audio on February 19, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Pretty sure the airport is closed at night

  41. The inevitable oyster on February 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Dunno if anyone has mentioned this, but, on the news the other day, apparently there’s new legislation being passed to make owners of drones over a certain weight need to pass some sort of test, plus, they’re widening the no fly zone around airports, this is because of the ‘incident’ over Gatwick, where supposedly there were no drones!

  42. motorsupplies on February 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Nice video
    I believe drones are not the real reason behind an airport closing, but from government point they are making the most out of it. Wait and see all the new measures that will follow. A system failure would be most likely or a big distraction

  43. snakekneecap on February 19, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    You sound like Karl Pilkington, are you both from the same place?

  44. tyamada21 on February 19, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    It was a UFO – they’re everywhere at the moment – just wait and watch more and more will appear.

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