No Drone Zone
FBI brokers needed to formally reiterate their message: no drones close to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium the place Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl will happen.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared a “no drone zone” on Thursday, putting a three-day Momentary Flight Restriction (TFR) inside a 30-nautical-mile radius across the stadium and as much as 18,000 ft in altitude — nicely beneath the standard altitude of economic airliners.
The information comes within the aftermath of chaos erupting at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports in December. Over 100,000 passengers have been stranded after unidentified drones confirmed up close to the airports’ runways.
The FAA additionally warned that any drone operators who enter the TFR with out permission may face penalties “that exceed $20,000 and potential legal prosecution.”
However it looks as if their warnings fell on deaf ears. In accordance with a tweet by FBI Atlanta, six drones have been confiscated for violating the TFR. Particulars concerning the confiscations and perpetrators stay unknown.
The FAA might need a brand new weapon in its arsenal. The Guardian reported that a Invoice Gates-funded startup referred to as Echodyne requested for permission to check a brand new sort of drone detector at this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl.
The detector may alert native regulation enforcement of unlawful flights by scanning the skies with a specialised radar. The offending drone may then be taken down by jamming its management indicators or forcing it out of the sky with a internet.
However Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium nonetheless has an ace up its sleeve. If the climate takes a flip for the more severe on Sunday, it’d simply find yourself shutting its retractable roof anyway.