Drones will lead to detours, many delays at the Singapore Changi Airport

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Drones are a trip hazard to the traffic in Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that, for the second time in a week, which is “an unauthorized drone activity was, in part, responsible for dozens of flight delays and diversions at the airport.

On Tuesday, the CAA have been reported in a 15-arrival and three departures are being delayed, and of the seven flights to be diverted, due to drone activity in the area of the sky and the weather is bad.

The week before, the agency reported that Changi is closed for a whole job, after the drones have been spotted in the vicinity of the facility, which forced the temporary closure of the runway, and slowed to 37 flights a week. A plane was diverted to Kuala Lumpur, the CAA confirmed it.

Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority said 63 flights were delayed or diverted as a result of an unauthorized drone on the activity and the weather conditions.
(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

The CAA, together with the Changi airport and the Singapore police force and the Singapore Armed Forces and the carrying out of an inspection by a CAA press release.

As noted by the Associated Press, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, has shared an image of an armed forces member by using a jamming gun, a drone, most likely in the illustration of the tactics to be used at the commencement of the drone operators.

Mark Young, an executive with a robotics company that specialized in drone technology, it is also a theory that the repetitive drone of activity in the vicinity of the airport, it was “not by accident,” it is not the work of “an ignorant drone operator.”


The CAA, meanwhile, is warning that drone activity in the vicinity of the airport and could pose a danger to passengers and crew, and will be punished severely. “The offender can face a fine of up to $ 20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to both of them,” the agency wrote in a press release.

Singapore’s Changi Airport is regarded as one of Asia’s largest air hubs, with an estimated 7,400 arrivals and departures combined) per day, according to its web site.
(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A similar drone activity is managed to prevent the closure of the runway at Gatwick Airport in London, in December 2018, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, and disruptions to holiday travel. Two of the suspects were arrested, but later released without being charged, The Guardian reported at the time.

A month later, in January, of a pilot flying into Newark liberty international airport in New Jersey were reported to be within 30 feet of a drone. The FAA has estimated that the problem will only be exacerbated by the number of drones expected to be flying in the next few years, an estimated 7 million are in the United States by the year 2020.


Some of the tech companies, they are also said to be looking at preventative measures in the fight against rogue drones, the use of an anti-incursion systems.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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