Hunter Drone Flyers Warned

Filed under News, Security & safety ~ by Press on  19 Feb 2019

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) warns Hunter region drone flyers to carefully read and follow the air safety rules.

This follows the detection of a number of drones in the Hunter region in restricted airspace and flying too high.

Drones must not be flown with 5.5 kilometres of an airport and must stay under 120 metres at all times.

Drone flyers in the Hunter must keep out of airspace around local aerodromes, particularly the busy Williamtown airport.

There are also a number of helicopter landing sites, including the Westpac base.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said recently drones had been detected flying too close to Williamtown aerodrome, which can put aircraft at risk.

It is very important that drone flyers stay at least 5.5 kilometres from airports at all times to avoid the risk of a mid-air collision with an aircraft," Mr Gibson said.

People must not fly a drone where aircraft are operating and that includes places where helicopters take off and land.

There are large penalties for breaking the drone rules – fines range from $1050 to $10,500."

CASA has a free app to show drone flyers where it is safe to fly.  They should always use the ‘Can I Fly There?’ app before flying.  To get the app, click this link

Hobbyist drones more likely to be seen as potential attack

Drones can more easily evade perimeter defences for certain types of attack.

Due to rapid proliferation and popularity of hobbyist and commercial drones, almost overnight an entirely new industry has appeared to defend against them.

The image below is why drones are now taken seriously, and why drone enthusiasts and experimenters no longer have freedom of the skies.

Pictured ~  A high explosive round attached to a terrorist drone, capable of flying up to 10km from the operator and with a flight time of 20min. Image courtesy of MyDefence

Ex-military specialists’ company MyDefence announced market-ready system that comprehensively tackles the threat from potentially lethal drone attack.

The system is named KNOX and is a customizable end-to-end anti-drone solution with purpose-built RF sensors, drone radars, and integrated EO/IR for visual tracking. KNOX is intended for use at airports, prisons, critical infrastructure, as well as for military base security.

The KNOX anti-drone solution fortifies an area against unauthorized drone flights, providing both passive detection and active defeat solutions to neutralize any small drones in the secured airspace, and that even extends to jamming systems.

We have always engineered our anti-drone solutions around the tactical requirements of the end-user, and I am proud to announce the release of our newest solution, KNOX, which provides the necessary scalability to accommodate protection of very large sites, modularity to integrate third-party sensors and flexibility to integrate the solution into existing security infrastructure,” says Luke Layman, CEO of MyDefence North America.

KNOX is designed for any scale of installation sites, from prison facilities to large international airports spanning miles across. 

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