I have never understood how helicopters are allowed over London, a much greater hazard to anyone on the ground than a surveillance drone
123 posts • joined 8 Aug 2007
The devil is in the details.
Just CAA licensed aerodromes is a long list:
But will this also get extended to include military and the recreational airfields?
London City stops most of the centre of London
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Re: Watchkeeper, a byword for failure
The reason UK defence programs keep going wrong, is that they keep trying to design multi-role toys that are going to "save money" by doing several things. Time and time again the committee ends up designing a camel that costs too much, does nothing well and won't sell abroad.
Historically successful multi-role aircraft were designed for a single purpose and only later found to be useful elsewherr
Re: The usual suspects complaining
Finger prints are not unique.
Digital minutiae are far from unique as they sample "features" of the finger print, usually ridges that just stop somewhere, forks and kinks. The number of truly unique and possible vales this allows varies with the scanner, but its not very many. This makes finger prints useful for confirming identity, but only useful as a hint to identifying an unknown person
The digital storage of finger prints is very proprietary and most governments end up with several databases of them that cannot be compared
I carry a certificate issued by the national registration department stating that my finger print cannot be read for my identity card, once you are over 50 your print quality collapses
I recently visited the UK and found that my cards were a total lottery of using their 6 digit PIN, signing and not working.
Cashless is a big problem if the overseas banks are not properly integrated.
And I won't use a phone for payments if the manufacturer cannot be bothered to update beyond Android 4.4.4
Re: Sonobuoy technology could provide cheap and easy locator
I used to work with Sonobuoys 35 years ago and they were dangerous beasts.
A saltwater battery that had to be protected from water in storage - aircraft get wet and are pressure washed
The antenna that shot out, these were lethal if you got in the way.
They sometimes caught fire.
You could leave out the self destruct.
Several piece of the plane have been found since the search was cancelled. These have been drift modeled, pointing at a crash site just outside the previous search area. We also now know to be looking for a debris field, not a sunken intact plane. There is even a likely satellite image which shows what looks like debris in the target area
Re: Good luck
A beacon designed to eject under some circumstances, can also eject when it shouldn't, like on approach over London. As the beacon cannot be too securely mounted or it will be trapped in a crash, accidental release is all too likely.
I have had to direction find an emergency locator beacon in the airport that was set off by accident.
Re: How hard can it be?
Lookup what? Passport numbers change every few years. Foreign passports are run on systems that won't be exposed to the UK. Names can change and many people have the same name.
Add biometrics to the mix (several incompatible and proprietary systems probably in use) and it all starts getting very complex
Re: Forward Planning
The Typhoon has been the wrong aircraft since it first flew. A short range air superiority fighter intended to fight over East Germany. Now bodged to do ground attack.
Reality is that the RAF and similar need a simpler air defence aircraft to tackle Russian heavy bombers and something simple, cheaper and robust for ground strike -preferably with a decent range