Drones: When eagles snare

With one of Europe’s major air hubs within its borders, the Netherlands is getting increasingly exercised by the problem of illegally-operated drones.
The unmanned aircraft are a hooligan – or even a terrorist’s – dream and the Netherlands Police have been racking their collective brains on how best to combat this threat from the sky. Shooting them down could be a bit risky in such a crowded piece of airspace. Nor is chasing them with a butterfly net likely to work, given the heights these machines can fly at.
No, the best way to combat an illegal flying machine is to use another flying object – but one supplied by Mother Nature, the Police concluded.
With a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres and fearsome talons, Eagles could in fact have been purpose-designed to bring down the pesky flying machines. Four juveniles have been trained up for their hunter-killer mission at an airbase and they have already notched up an 80% success rate.
There is the question of motivation. The eagles have little use for an inedible drone, even one with a price tag of thousands of euros, but they are rewarded with a piece of meat after each successful capture. 

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest off the record news

Air Cargo News Covid-19 webinar now available on-demand

Air Cargo News held its first webinar – Coronavirus: the outlook for air cargo – on April 15. Speakers included…

Read More

Share this story

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo deliver relief supplies to Australia

By Rachelle Harry

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo recently collaborated to deliver two tonnes of relief supplies to Australia. Lufthansa transported the supplies…

Read More

Share this story

WOW Air prepares to make a cargo comeback

By Rachelle Harry

Icelandic airline WOW, which offered budget passenger flights before folding in March this year, is making preparations to start operating…

Read More

Share this story