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Passengers may be taken to planes at Gatwick on driverless buses

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It's already got driverless trains that take passengers from one terminal to another, now Gatwick is planning to introduce driverless buses that take them to their planes. The airport is trialling'electric-powered autonomous vehicles' for workers and says that if it's successful it could lead to driverless baggage trucks and transport buses for passengers and an'Uber-style' robot-car service for staff. The trial is thought to be the first of its kind for any airport in the world. Gatwick is trialling'electric-powered autonomous vehicles', pictured, for workers and says that if it's successful it could lead to driverless baggage trucks and transport buses for passengers and an'Uber-style' robot-car service for staff The airport says that its 300 airside vehicles are stationary 90 per cent of the time – as staff attend to aircraft and passengers - but that a trial of driverless cars will see workers shuttled between popular locations on the airfield when it starts later this summer. It said in a statement: 'The trial is thought to be the first of its kind for any airport in the world and - if successful and scaled up – could lead to airfield transport needs being met from a much smaller pool of autonomous vehicles, reducing the need for such large vehicle fleets, reducing emissions and saving on costs.


'Drone' hits British Airways plane at Heathrow Airport

Engadget

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that the aircraft "landed safely" and after careful examination was "cleared to operate its next flight." Drones and other aerial vehicles are banned around airports, but there have been a number of near misses in the past year. In September, a drone helicopter and quadcopter narrowly missed planes in separate incidents at Heathrow and there have been similar incidents at City Airport, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester. Drones now ship with positioning systems that restrict their operation at airports and restricted airspaces but the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) also explicitly states that they should not be flown above 400 feet and pilots should never lose sight of their vehicle. Another rule bans them from flying within 50 metres of another person, vehicle or structure (that includes prisons and football stadia) that are not under the pilot's control.



Heathrow Airport hawk stolen outside hotel

FOX News

A Harris hawk, like the one pictured, was stolen near Heathrow Airport on Tuesday evening. A bird of prey who worked protecting the skies of Heathrow Airport was stolen from its owner's van in the UK on Tuesday evening. Police are actively looking into the incident after CCTV footage released shows three men smashing the window of the van while it was parked outside a hotel next to the airport, and grabbing the six-year-old hawk, Sky News reported. The Harris hawk, Milo, was used to scare away other birds at the airport to prevent bird strikes from occurring. Milo's owner Layla Bennett was checking into the Mercure hotel when she left the hawk in the backseat.


Flights cancelled at Heathrow for second day amid fog

BBC News

About 100 flights have been cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport for a second day because of fog. The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" fog weather warning for most of southern England. A Heathrow spokesman said "persistent freezing fog" had reduced visibility at the airport and warned passengers to check their flight status. Gatwick and Southampton airports warned of possible delays because of the weather. Stansted and Edinburgh airports told passengers to check their flights and Bristol Airport said flights were operating as normal.