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  1. Simon Dale on September 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Totally agree with all of your points. ADS-B showed the Police helicopter over Harmonsworth at the time that Martin Roberts (BBC cameraman) was (very slowly) driving around the M25.

    Confirmation bias is at play here. Eyewitness reports are notoriously unreliable. There are lots of studies on this.

    And judging size in the air is difficult because there are no reference points.

  2. FPVSteve on September 1, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Superb presentation – thanks for posting this video.

  3. Jem Little on September 1, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Great presentation that needs sharing very widely sir. top marks

  4. fingerhorn4 on September 1, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Is that your own home simulator? Pretty impressive.

  5. Marco on September 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Great video, very informative and well explained. Thank you

  6. JP in Fuerteventura on September 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Very good. "or some really bad journalism from people who should know better" – you obviously have a much higher opinion of journalists than I do.

  7. bobesh oz on September 1, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    well said, nothing to add really, exactly my thoughts. and it will only get worse…

  8. We Went There on September 1, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    As Editor of Drone User Magazine, as Gatwick was unfolding, I went on national radio, explaining that the sightings at Gatwick were UFO (unidentified flying objects), until proven otherwise. The radio host mocked me and following this, National newspapers claimed I was ‘deusional’. I never received an apology yet I was right all along. Google my name Steve Timewell and you will see I made headlines worldwide as some kind of nutter. I was one of the first to claim that Gatwick was some kind of conspiracy to discredit the use of drones and I still belive that. This guy in the video is spot on and put it over perfectly. I agree with him 100%

  9. Leon Hostad on September 1, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Cover story for an anti-terror operation.

  10. dios mio on September 1, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Good comment, thnx

  11. zekezero12345 on September 1, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    An excellent assessment of the situation. ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’ is a similar historical event triggered by a collective state of heightened awareness.

  12. Ryan Short on September 1, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    And obvisoly they would use a bigger drone and they have eyes

  13. Martin Hoyle on September 1, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I think this is one of the best videos I’ve seen on the subject. The issues your talking about have caused many problems with model flying, over the last few years, I’m sure know about it all. What u said about Birds is so true

  14. PD Tech on September 1, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Completely agree! 😎👍

  15. PittmanTV on September 1, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I would applaud for your effort and time spent into making this video. I too think it’s sketchy, no real evidence or footage of the actual drone. And now the new legislation coming into place and to charge operators £16.50 to register their drones so that they can fly legally… and apparently costing £2.8 million to set it up and run it every year.. i believe that this is all fabricated as the government realised the rise of numbers of people owning drones and there isn’t a way to tax it and so that the government can gain some sort of income. Look at the vaping industry one point it was fine but then they too realised that the tobacco industry is getting taxed why not put regulations on vaping too.. i believe its another way for the government to take money from people once again.

    information on the new law for drones has been looked into detail from a youtuber by the names of "xjet" check out his video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lha_puQpOus

    What do you think should happen?

  16. Graeme Taplin on September 1, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Well put together sir! Would be useful if the ‘red top’ and BBC et al journos could publish this as enthusiastically as they published the bulls**t in December.

  17. Ruben Lar sen on September 1, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    This is one of the best and most enlightened video about the drone episode at Gatwick. And you’re just a guy on YouTube. (not meant as an insult) But all of these world’s press folks failed to get close to such a good and sensible cover. And none of them came with a sensible explanation when everything was over and no pictures were to be found. Good work.

  18. Patrick Colclough on September 1, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    That would be Chris Woodroofe with an MEng in Chemical Engineering with a previous career as the Shift Production Manager at Nestle, before he joined Gatwick as the Logistics Facilities Manager. And then a meteoric rise to Chief Operations Manager, impressive. And on this one man’s judgement call we have all this.

    His original statement that Gatwick was ‘under attack by two industrial-sized drones’ says a lot. "Under attack’ not just flying? According to the BBC documentary one was flying along the perimeter fence, so no CCTV footage then? Not really attacking an airport.

    Also it seems Gatwick have their own drone which they now fly each day to test their anti-drone tech. So when did they get this, before the incident? Where was it at the time? It’s just a total lack of communications that escalated into this farce. But neither Mr Woodroofe, Gatwick Airport, the Police or the Government are ever going to admit to that.

  19. Vince Hogg on September 1, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Has this video that shows a drone above a bus shelter (that looks exactly like the ones at Gatwick) been accounted for as a police drone or something? Its the only one that seems to need explaining.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1828378/Video-Drone-spotted-flying-Gatwick-airport-London.html

  20. Ryan Short on September 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    The reason why they didn’t get a photo because the drone move to quickly

  21. Shutter UP RC on September 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Fantastic video and well said, you’ve got a new
    sub here

  22. 1701:TheFyldeFlyer on September 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Every sensible person knows there was never any drone over Gatwick. There’s an agenda here by Government and big business such as amazon, to clear the skies below 400 feet for their drone ‘deliveries’ and other options. Hence the clamping down on general RC flying as well.

  23. Mini Wizard on September 1, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Great video and love the extra info given and demonstrated by an actual professional drone user. I remember thinking at the time that this story was incredibly fishy and every so often it pops back into my mind as to what happened as it went from fullblown mass reporting to complete radio silence – in hopes that the population would simply forget about it. Not even any mention of Gatwick or airlines trying to sue anyone to recoup some of the 60+ million pounds they lost – had it simply been down to mis-reporting or scaremongering.

    As for the additional ‘sightings’ there’s another element to it than simply ‘seeing what you are looking for’, there are of course people who want to jump at the chance for fleeting fame and being reported on, so they are eager to use anything that *could* fit the bill to make this happen, and the media themselves are more than willing to use anything for a story when actual footage or facts are missing, so they are equally to blame. But, truckloads of police and even some army guys.. shutting down one of the busier but definately the most dull airport in the country for so long… this wasn’t simply a reaction to the media coverage, this is what fueled it.

    I can’t help feeling there’s more to this story that we have been told, but wonder if it was a more of a convenient distraction for some other story or event that they (as in the government rather than the media) wanted to keep quiet and thus letting it blow all out of proportion to cash in on it. The possibility of cyber-attacks or perhaps just Brexit stuff and trying to slide deals through without public backlash, or something else entirely different that we can’t even guess at. The media are undoubtedly completely irresponsible with their reporting these days, but they have their own agenda and I doubt they would be be pushing so hard on a story that has no evidence and is completely unrelated to any of their political leanings without being nudged to focus on it.

    Then again, perhaps it really did happen, no one has footage because it was too small to capture on an iphone. Perhaps someone with the powers of teleportation zipped around the area launching industrial sized drones in different locations for the full duration of each drones battery life before making it disappear and teleporting to a new location. Or perhaps it was UFO attack squadrons from a really really tiny alien race that gave it their best for a day and a half but then chickened out and flew home! I guess we’ll never know.

  24. Simon Spiers on September 1, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I work at the end of the runway. I and friends fly drones. We have goggles and saw and heard nothing.

  25. John Penny on September 1, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Yes suggest to the sheeple that they see something and they will. Remember when ‘War of the Worlds’ was on radio for the first time? NO? Look it up!

  26. HellasRide on September 1, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    You are so right. The knee-jerk reactions from clueless regulators are killing an amazing hobby…

  27. The View from the Panopticon on September 1, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    VERY…well made video

  28. goodbadugly654 on September 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    WRT the meedia, it matters not if the story is even true, it just needs to be out there.

  29. extrashot on September 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    The media are now reporting a case where a Passenger Steward on a Virgin 787 looked out of the window and observed two drones flying 90 feet away. it’s been reported to the Airprox Board. Thing is… the plane was at 14,000 feet and flying at 320 mph !!! Think about that for a moment. Why is nobody asking how long it would take for a drone to reach 14,000 feet? Or how long the biggest drone battery will last? Or what you can actually observe as you go past a stationary object at 320mph from 90 feet? Or how windy it was that day at FL140? Seriously guys…. I’m starting to wonder if there is some sort of anti drone campaign going on here? The stupid is large with this story but the public are being blindly pushed for a reason. I just have no idea why?

  30. Stuart Lawn on September 1, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Fantastic video, especially the phone footage of the airborne drone. LOL!! My Xmas was almost ruined because of the Gatwick shutdown so this video resonates with me very well. We were lucky to get rebooked on a flight home to Ireland and although the airport had been "drone-free" for 36 hours at that stage I couldn’t believe the amount of TV cameras and Sat Vans parked on the departures concourse. I took a picture and tweeted it at the time, saying something like – a large hole has appeared at Gatwick and the Press are looking into it… Anyway, I’ve subscribed to your channel now!

  31. Sagara Sousuke on September 1, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Are you looking forward to the new Flight Simulator?

  32. Daniel Lister on September 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Very elequent and calmly conveyed.

  33. Dave Kelly on September 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Lol, excellent video.. I’ve yet to encounter any negativity while flying my DJI, but it’s only a matter of time..

  34. Adrian Chapmanlaw on September 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    We have lost access to Win green slope soaring site near compton abbas airfield shaftesbury due to it being just inside the new 5km limit. I know that people have been flying there for at least 30 years with zero issues!

  35. Solent Sky Services on September 1, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Great video. Just shared on Linkedin and going live on our socials this evening at 2020 😉

  36. Urban Plumbers on September 1, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    why so little views? your videos are great!

  37. Martin Hoyle on September 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more.
    Thanks posting the video. I’ll show other people 👍😀

  38. Martin Hoyle on September 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Many true words,…….good video. check out in plane sight 911. – I fly model aircraft, it’s caused loads of probs for us. I fly off our farm. I rang RAF low flying booking cell for 25 years, Then suddenly the emailed me to say, u don’t have to contact us anymore. Didn’t really have to begin with Makes u wonder if it’s big brother.

  39. AV8TOR on September 1, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    BANG ON ! From this pilot, engineer and recreational drone pilot (P4). Gatwick was a false flag from the git go.

  40. HipStar on September 1, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. As soon as I saw this appear on the media, I said "here we go" and most of the Joe public will take the bait. I’ve been out with my phantom only once since this malarkey, flying responsible, safely and was frowned upon by two separate people within eight minutes of flying, Where before, people used to show interest in what I was doing.

  41. Flying Mortgage Man on September 1, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Great Video and hope you had a pint in the Urban after your beach shoot 😊 I remember the first report at about 10 pm as I was sat in the pub and checked my FB account on my phone. I am a member of the Bournemouth Airport group and they were getting excited about possible divisions to Hurn. I said at the time it seemed odd as there was a massive storm that night and very high winds. I made a comment that it was a odd time to start flying a drone in virtually unflyable weather and night, certainly nothing I own would fly in those conditions. It also seemed odd anyone on the ground or air could see a drone either. I dont recal any mention of who was the first person to make this report?

    The Next morning I was having my hangover cure and read that more drones had been seen during the night and again I could not get my head around who had managed to get a drone to fly in such terrible conditions and more importantly WHY.

    I then remember reading that other airports had had some cyber attacks and shut briefly to deal with that and for me that was the answer. Gatwick did not want to close due to a cyber attack and thought blaming drones was easier not realising that it would snowball into what actually happened. Now we the good people are paying the price.

  42. Jambo Jambo on September 1, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Common Sense Derby 10 – London 1

  43. Rich Russell on September 1, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Great job… love your sim too 😃

  44. Pegasus Drone Media on September 1, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Very nicely put together with a lot of truth said

  45. Toncor12 on September 1, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The Hegelian diaclectic says, basically, make a mess and then bring in change to suit you. Either that happened or there was a UFO there that decloaked ….

  46. Arthur Brown on September 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I’m late to the party on this video but CAA set to to achieve what they wanted with the fake news story, they legitimised a need for a licence fee to create a cash cow. This is the UK. This is our normal lol. Brilliant video. Love your work.

  47. steve H on September 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    PERFECT VIDEO. we said from the beginning how can you tell its a drone from half a mile away

  48. Funky Duck Productions. on September 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Sir, I salute you. You have just communicated far better than I could ever do the thoughts of myself and many, many other drone flyers who play by the rules and despair at this entire Gatwick fiasco. If only your video could be seen by the same press who where so quick to demonize the drone flying community……..

  49. Wynne Davies on September 1, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    So true and respect for that

  50. Derek Wood on September 1, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Sir, you are ‘right on the button’. Very nicely done and the argument excellently presented.

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