Aviation


  • JetBlue Bomb Scare Set Off with Apple AirDrop

    July 16, 2019

    The feature in Apple mobile devices that allows people to send photos to nearby phones via Bluetooth is at the heart of a terrorism scare on a JetBlue flight over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, a prankster sent a photo of a suicide vest to everyone who had an Apple device on the ...

  • Airport Drone Incidents Spur Development of C-UAS

    June 16, 2019

    Recent incidents have shone a spotlight on the need for counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) in the airport market, with manufacturers set to showcase their systems here at the Paris Air Show. In December, UAS sightings at Gatwick Airport led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights just ahead of the Christmas holidays. This was followed weeks ...

  • Extinction Rebellion threatens to use drones in 10-day Heathrow airport protest

    May 31, 2019

    The climate change activists will protest at the airport on 18 June before a 10-day shutdown could begin on 1 July. Extinction Rebellion said it plans “to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow authorities close the airport for the day, to create a ‘pause’ in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, ...

  • New FAA rules for recreational drone flyers introduce temporary no-fly zones and a training requirement

    May 22, 2019

    According to the United States FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report for 2019, the number of unmanned drones is expected to double in the next twelve months from roughly 1.2 million aircraft to nearly 2.4 million aircraft. While commercial drone activity continues to grow, especially as higher-end drone capabilities go down in price, recreational drone usage is also ...

  • Sweeping Changes To NZ Aviation Legislation Proposed

    May 13, 2019

    New Zealand’s government has proposed sweeping changes to the regulation of the country’s aviation sector, from damaged or lost luggage compensation, drug and alcohol management and the assessment of airline alliances, to making it an offence to harm or assault an aviation security officer’s dog. The overhaul was part of a new Civil Aviation Bill announced ...

  • ‘Software delivered to Boeing’ now blamed for 737 MAX warning fiasco

    May 7, 2019

    As the 737 MAX scandal rolls on, “software delivered to Boeing” has been blamed by the company for the malfunctioning of a safety display. In a statement issued over the weekend, the American airliner manufacturer admitted that its software was not properly displaying fleet-standard warning captions to pilots. This admission comes after sustained media reporting over cockpit angle-of-attack (AOA) ...

  • Gatwick Drone Attack ‘May Have Been Inside Job’

    April 15, 2019

    Police say the  drone attack that disrupted flights at Gatwick Airport for 33 hours last December may have been carried out by an insider at the airport. Sussex Police said the possibility that an insider was involved was “credible”, while Gatwick’s chief operating officer said the attacker appeared to have knowledge of airport procedures. “It was clear that the ...

  • Passenger jet came within just 32ft of hitting a drone as it came into land at Manchester Airport

    April 12, 2019

    A passenger jet came within just 32ft of hitting a drone ‘almost head-on’ as it came into land at Manchester Airport. A pilot described the incident near as a ‘close encounter’, a UK Airprox Board (UKAB) report revealed. The rectangular drone was flown in front of an Airbus A319 aircraft approaching the airport at 3,000 feet on Thursday. Measuring up to ...

  • Body scanners to replace metal detectors at Indian airports

    April 10, 2019

    Starting in April 2020, air travellers will be examined by body scanners at Indian airports,according to the aviation security regulator, which has directed airport operators to replace metal detectors with superior technology. In the directive on Monday, a copy of which was accessed by Hindustan Times, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) asked airport operators ...

  • UK MOD launches £2m fund to counter drones threat

    April 9, 2019

    The MOD has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the future threats of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The competition, run by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the MOD’s innovation hub, will seek robust and cost-effective next-generation solutions to the risks posed by hostile UAS. The MOD is looking to develop new defensive capabilities which draw ...