Heathrow ‘drone’ arrest turns out to be model aircraft pilot

George Rusu, who was reportedly arrested for flying a drone near Heathrow airport, was found to be flying a model aircraft 500 metres from the perimeter fence, a court heard on Tuesday. The news follows initial reports that the man was arrested for flying a drone near to the airport just days after the Gatwick disruption. Appearing in court in Uxbridge on Tuesday to admit the charge of ‘flying a small unmanned aircraft without permission of air traffic control’, the judge branded Rusu ‘reckless’ for flying his £160 model aircraft in nearby proximity. A model aircraft similar to the one
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Reported drone sightings ground flights at Newark International

Reported sightings of two drones flying not far from Newark International airport in America forced officials to ground flights. Last night, a pilot told Air Traffic Control that he thought one of the drones came within 30ft of his aircraft. According to a report from the BBC, the sightings took place Teterboro Airport, a nearby private facility, but officials closed Newark International, America’s 11th busiest airport, as a precaution. The reports have faced scrutiny from the drone industry once again, with Brendan Schulman, DJI’s VP for policy and legal affairs taking to Twitter to question the credibility of the sightings.
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