Old Dec 20, 18, 5:24 am
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Travelling to of from London Gatwick 21 December 2018
All LGW services operated on Friday with 2 exceptions (BA2758/0 to AMS and back; BA2938/9 EDI and back). Many flights were heavily delayed.
List of inbound BA diversions from latest closure is in post 463
Incomplete list of inbound cancellations for Friday 21 December is here in post 298.

Current customer guidelines in this post 344 (you can rebook free of charge to 5 January and reroute via LHR/LCY). Try rebooking via the App if you can, otherwise you need to telephone BA.

Background
Gatwick Airport was closed at 21:03 on Wednesday 19 December following reports of drones flying over the airfield. Sightings have continued throughout Thursday 20 December requiring the airport to remain closed. Gatwick Airport advising all passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport. Gatwick airport was further closed on Friday 21 December from 17:00 until 18:25 at which time normal operations resumed after suspected drone sightings.

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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:11 am
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Airfield unavailable due to drones in the area till 1200 UTC.
High delays.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:13 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav
If it's coordinated, the problem the authorities have is that if they bring one or two down, others may be launched. They'll be concentrating on finding the operators and tracing launch sites. In that sense, leaving drones up is sensible to attempt to trace control signals or track them. There will be a lot more going on than we will be told.
The best way to find launch sites may be to take the ones in the air out safely and then watch where the new ones come from. The current method seems not to have got any results so someone needs to make a call to adapt the plan.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:17 am
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Originally Posted by tinkicker
Jamming control frequencies only really works if they are being externally controlled... jamming sat-nav (GNSS) signals may cause them to lose position lock and (depending on the programming) they may disappear down-wind but doesn't necessarily crash them. Shooting them with guns has the issue of "overs". Lasers (whether fitted to sharks or not) are still in sci-fi so it leaves you with electronic attack of the drone itself which requires a whole interesting level of capabilities generally available in the bucket market "military" and even then that capability may, or may not, exist in a form available and "safe" to use near a major airport in the UK.
I know they some places have looked at using sea-eagles (the genus above bald eagles) to take down drones, but they aren't very trainable. Falcon related birds are very trainable and they've done trials on them on the MOD base where I live, but falcons aren't really big enough and any falconer would be terrified their bird will be hurt during a pounce (that's where the word originally comes from).
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:17 am
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Possibly good news - in the last few minutes flights to Fort Lauderdale and Faro have been called for boarding, so it looks like there is some expectation of operations re-starting earlier than the 11am projection.

EDIT - Malta also now announced.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:19 am
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Hmmm...theres a Westjet and an Air Transat incoming. Westjet was holding around Liverpool but now seems to be out of the hold and heading north

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if westjet isnt diverting ill Eat my hat (although im not sure to where- Edinburgh or Glasgow maybe). Air Transat seems to be making a run for it

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westjet diverting to Glasgow
Air Transat got as far as Wokingham but now heading north

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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by PJSMITH0
Cant these thing be shot down. Surely their must a contingency plan to deal which drones say in the case of a terrorist attack
i could offer up a team of ten guns (shotguns) and the whole thing could be dealt with easily. It really would be that simple on an airfield. No issue of stray bullets, just some falling shot...
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:22 am
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The idiot behind this is transmitting a signal. Surprised the local police don't have the equipment to triangulate the signal.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:24 am
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If it can't be shot down for fear of stray bullets, wouldn't this be easier than waiting for batteries to die?
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:28 am
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:28 am
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Originally Posted by NWIFlyer
Possibly good news - in the last few minutes flights to Fort Lauderdale and Faro have been called for boarding, so it looks like there is some expectation of operations re-starting earlier than the 11am projection.

EDIT - Malta also now announced.

I would imagine that boarding is occuring on the most flight time limited services due to length of time already on duty. When it all opens up everyone will be wanting to board all at the same time with only a finite ground staff provision.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by Irreverent Medusa
Well, if they're any good, there shouldn't be stray bullets Plus they didn't seem to care much about things straying when they put all these missiles on London rooftops for the 'lympics
Olympics were MACA (Military Aid to Civil Authorities), where there is no immediate threat to life, such as with this case with all flights diverted, the military are not a quick option (would require high level government departmental negotiation- who would foot the bill.

Without going intk details, the military do have contingencies to deal with drone threats and not just falcons; Id imagine phalanx would make short work of the drones

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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:34 am
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Originally Posted by Worcester
The idiot behind this is transmitting a signal. Surprised the local police don't have the equipment to triangulate the signal.
It could be a relayed signal, so s/he could be further away then most would suspect. I would attach a photo but my account too young.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by LGWClosedAgain
It could be a relayed signal, so s/he could be further away then most would suspect. I would attach a photo but my account too young.

I understand but take the relay out and that may stop the Drone? With a bit of luck, there may be forensic evidence on a relay.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:45 am
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Looks like BA2262 (KIN - LGW) has diverted to Cardiff
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:52 am
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Air Transat seems to be diverting north but VS 44 seems to be descending towards LGW. Perhaps runway opening soon?
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