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Germany is planning a new & # 39; drone detection system & # 39; around airports

Germany plans new & # 39; drone detection system & # 39; to force an 11-mile zone around airports and stop a repeat of the chaos in London Gatwick

  • Berlin aviation officials want to defend an area up to 4,300 feet above the ground
  • Frankfurt airport had to close its runway twice this year
  • Thousands of passengers had ruined Christmas last December due to the chaos of Gatwick

Germany plans to introduce a new & # 39; drone detection system & # 39; at airports. to prevent the kind of chaos that hit London at Gatwick Airport last Christmas.

Aviation officials in Berlin draw up plans for 11-mile zones around major airports so that unmanned aircraft cannot endanger aircraft.

The new system would allow airport bosses to defend an area up to 4,300 feet above ground, according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Frankfurt Airport, the largest aviation hub in Germany, has already had to close its runway twice this year due to fear of drones.

German airports such as Frankfurt (file photo) can be protected by a new & # 39; drone detection system & # 39;

German airports such as Frankfurt (file photo) can be protected by a new & # 39; drone detection system & # 39;

& # 39; The operation of unmanned aircraft near airports is a significant risk to the safety of flight operations & # 39 ;, said an air traffic control spokesperson.

State and federal police would be deployed to man the new equipment, but it remains unclear who would pay for it.

Allegedly airport bosses are reluctant to impose the money to pay for protection zones far beyond the perimeter of the airport.

The & # 39; recent events where drones halted air traffic & # 39; had entered the new plan, the spokesman said.

German drone operators are currently forbidden to fly their structures closer than 1.5 km to an airport, but that limit can now be expanded enormously.

In March, Frankfurt Airport, the hub for Lufthansa, stopped air traffic about 30 minutes after a nearby drone was detected.

Only weeks later, Frankfurt was forced to stop again in 48 minutes, delaying or canceling dozens of flights.

According to German media, some passengers had to wait on the asphalt while a helicopter circled above their heads looking for the drone.

Lufthansa, the flagship of Germany, said at the time that & # 39; our passengers' safety is our top priority & # 39 ;.

British police officers are standing near equipment on the roof of a London Gatwick building last year, trying to control the drone chaos

British police officers are standing near equipment on the roof of a London Gatwick building last year, trying to control the drone chaos

British police officers are standing near equipment on the roof of a London Gatwick building last year, trying to control the drone chaos

Stranded passengers wait five days before Christmas at London Gatwick Airport last year after the drone chaos that hit more than 100,000 travelers

Stranded passengers wait five days before Christmas at London Gatwick Airport last year after the drone chaos that hit more than 100,000 travelers

Stranded passengers wait five days before Christmas at London Gatwick Airport last year after the drone chaos that hit more than 100,000 travelers

Frankfurt, the fourth busiest airport in Europe, operates hundreds of Lufthansa flights every day in Europe and the rest of the world.

Since London's chaos in Gatwick last December, airports have been very alert, destroying the Christmas travel plans for more than 100,000 people.

A number of drone sightings forced the second-busiest airport in Britain to stop at 33 o'clock.

The chaos continued despite a huge police operation and the army was eventually called to get the incident under control.

No offender has been identified who evokes speculation that the drones were mistaken for police equipment.

Military anti-drone equipment, which can detect and disable flying machines by blocking radio signals, remained at the airport until March.

Gatwick and Heathrow are investing millions in their own systems to prevent future flight disruptions.

Experts warn that a drone collision can be catastrophic, especially if the engine of an aircraft is hit.

Commercial drones have geofencing technology that is intended to prevent them from flying in restricted areas.

However, it is possible to obtain permission and anyone who has built their own drone can exclude the geoblocking function.

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