Drones near Dubai airport: DJI Aeroscope as a solution


DJI Aeroscope is a comprehensive detection platform capable of identifying UAV communication links; implementing it in airports could avoid accidents such as the one that recently occurred in Dubai, where Emirates flights were diverted due to drone activity near the airport.

The suspected drone accident caused a brief interruption at the DXB from 12:36 to 12:51.
Two incoming Emirates flights that were due to land at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport (DXB) were diverted to nearby airports following news about drone activity near DXB on Sunday.

Emirates flight EK433 from Brisbane to Singapore, and EK511, a direct flight from Delhi, were diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) respectively, but returned to DXB when airspace was reopened.

The suspected drone accident caused a brief outage at the DXB from 12:36 to 12:51, said a DXB spokesman in the Khaleej Times. Only two flights, however, were affected during the 15-minute interruption.

“Safety is our top priority and Dubai airports work closely with authorities and service partners to ensure normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers,” said DXB’s spokesperson.

An Emirates spokesman also confirmed to Khaleej Times that diverted flights returned to DXB when airspace was reopened. The Dubai-based airline has also provided assistance to interested passengers with booking change options and hotel accommodation where required.

“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused, but the safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised,” added the spokesman.

DXB, the hub for Emirates and flybridge, is the world’s busiest airport for international travelers. A total of 41,277,749 air travellers crossed DXB in the first six months of 2019.

Delays in DXB due to drones activities

> 15 February 2019 – Flights to DXB were temporarily grounded from 10:13 a.m. to 10:45 a.m

> 11 June 2016 – A drone forced the closure of DXB for 69 minutes, causing a series of flight diversions.

> 29 October 2016 – DXB and SHJ were closed for more than an hour after a drone entered airspace

> 28 September 2016 – DXB was closed from 8:08 to 8:35 due to unauthorized activities with drones, resulting in flight delays.

> January 2015: Recreational drones forced the closure of the DXB for 55 minutes after they dangerously approached the flight path of commercial airliners.

Know the law

Flying drones without permission or in a restricted zones can lead to up to three years in prison or a fine of 100,000 Dh under the Civil Aviation Act in the United Arab Emirates.

DJI Aeroscope, a solution proposed by DJI for this type of accident

As the popularity of drones continues to grow, potential security challenges have arisen in areas such as airports, prisons, nuclear power plants and various government facilities and infrastructures. Traditional guards in these locations may not be able to properly detect and monitor drone-related activities to prevent subsequent accidents

DJI AeroScope is able to identify the majority of drones on the market today by monitoring and analyzing their electronic signals to obtain critical information, enabling authorities to protect the integrity of the flight sensitive environment.

Fixed station unit

Designed for the continuous protection of large-scale sites, the DJI AeroScope stationary unit supports customization and construction according to the specific site and the needs of the authorities to fully cover the surrounding airspace. In ideal conditions, the system can monitor a range of up to 50 km and get key information from drones in just 2 seconds.

Monitoring data can be integrated with existing security systems to efficiently provide an integrated monitoring system. This system also supports the public cloud, private cloud and local deployment, which can meet specific needs such as off-site monitoring and data protection.

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