A group of climate activists in the UK are planning to fly a drone near Heathrow in a direct move next month, hoping to close the country’s largest airport for several days or even longer.
The planned action contradicts the government’s decision to highlight a third runway in Heathrow.
They plan to use small aircraft “light” toy within 5 km drone around the no-fly zone around the airport, which is transported at an altitude (6 feet) – but not inside flight paths.
Drones will also take place in the morning, when there is no threat to the aircraft, and there will be no scheduled flight in the airspace.
Activists say the government recently declared a climate emergency – when it also promised to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050 – arguing that expanding the UK’s current airport capacity would lead to no chance of achieving the goal.
A spokesman for the group, calling itself Heathrow Podge, told TechCrunch: “More than 1,000 children die as a result of climate change and environmental collapse – indeed, every day.
This figure has worsened considerably. To almost zero – this is clearly impossible if they built another runway. ”
The types of drones they plan to use in the protests are budget models that they say can be bought cheaply from UK retailers Argos – which, for example, sells Sky Viper drones for £ 30. Revell Joe! Stunt Quadcopter Drone for £ 40.
And the Revel Spot 2.0 quadcopter (which comes with a high-resolution camera) for £ 50.
The purpose of the protest is to show that the group imposed the closure of the runway and flights, and showed relaxation in the Heathrow protocol at Heathrow about UAV flights.
Drones were spotted near Gatwick Airport, Britain’s second busiest airport at the end of last year, causing major passenger disturbance just before Christmas, after the airport responded via ground flights.
At the time, the government was heavily criticized for failing to address weaknesses in the regulatory framework around drone flights near sensitive destinations such as airports.
In the ensuing months, the presence of an airport exclusion zone was responded to from 1 km to 5 km – with the expansion of the no-fly zone in March.
However, a comprehensive government plan to draft a comprehensive UAV bill suffered several delays.
It is a large area with a flight that does not fly at an altitude of 5 kilometers, where the staff at Heathrow Airport will launch the airport health and safety protocol and close airspace and business as usual.
The strategy of using drones as a protest tool to force the closure of Britain’s largest airport will remain.
A spokesman for Heathrow told us there were “strong plans” to ensure the group’s opposition did not lead to any disruption to flights.
However, it will not provide any details on the steps taken to avoid closing the runway and ground flight, in accordance with its safety protocol.
When we claim that there is nothing wrong with asking the airport to take action from Heathrow Podge, a spokesman for the company told us: “We understand that the airport’s health and safety protocols dictate that they are of any size.
Any elevation anywhere is 5 km from the airport.
Our position will be that it is entirely up to them. This work we take is not a threat to anyone and it is very thoughtful.
Having said that, I would be surprised to hear that they would ignore their protocols, even if they were excessive. It will be a surprise if they don’t follow it. ”
“We will not take any flight under any circumstances,” he said.
He said it would obviously be nice if Heathrow decided to fly. Each grounded flight pumps very little greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And directly saves lives.
“Fewer flights are better off there. But even if no flight is canceled, we still consider the procedure a great success – based on arrests.”
The current protest plan is to start drones flying near Heathrow on September 13 – the spokesman said that since the “week” may last as long as possible, it depends on the number of volunteer pilots who have registered. Can. He says he wants to arrest 50 to 200 people by breaking the UAV.