Major Saudi Arabia oil facilities hit by Houthi drone strikes

Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia which is vital to global energy supplies. The attacks on the processor and a major oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, on early Saturday Read More …

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

Saudi Arabia describes the damage as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. Houthi spokesman says rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation; threatens more attacks coming. Drones Read More …

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

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 Read More …

Gatwick Drone Attack ‘May Have Been Inside Job’

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 Read More …

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

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 Read More …

UK MOD launches £2m fund to counter drones threat

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 Read More …

ICAO Secretary General highlights future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier this week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States. Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in Read More …

Analysis: Drone Tech Creates New Type of Blended Threat

Hacked drones are breaching physical and cyberdefenses to cause disruption and steal data, experts warn. In the run-up to Christmas 2018, rogue drones grounded planes at London Gatwick, the UK’s second-busiest airport. Four months later, the operators have not been Read More …