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Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority Bans Flights over Bar Refaeli’s Wedding

Friday, September 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) According to an official statement received by all licensees of the Israeli of Civil Aviation Authority, on Thursday, September 24, from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM the next day, no aircraft will be allowed to fly over the Yaarot Hacarmel (Carmel Forests) hotel area—where the chupah ceremony of Bar Refaeli and her businessman boyfriend Adi Ezra will be held and then some. The luxury hotel is ensconced in a thick forest, hence its name.

A police official approached by Israel’s Channel 2 News was not aware of the aviation ruling. “I can not believe someone has issued such a directive,” he said. “We have not been updated on this by the Civil Aviation Authority or by representatives of Bar’s production company.”

Another police source told Channel 2: “With all due respect to Bar Refaeli, what would happen if we’ll need, for example, to conduct an air chase after suspects in the area, you think we’d seek approval from anyone? I have never encountered anything like this in all my work in the police. I can’t believe such a thing would have been approved for an ordinary civilian.”

However, police sources did confirm that the wedding’s production company has asked to hire a limited number of police officers to assist in directing traffic to the event.

According to Channel 2, no fewer than two helicopters and six unmanned drones will patrol over the event, to actively challenge any media chopper that may attempt to snap the ceremony.

According to the Ministry of Transport, which is in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority, these safety guidelines are issued whenever there are unmanned aircraft flights over a specific area. The ministry’s apokesperson said the guidelines were published in accordance with the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority as prescribed by law. That is the law of the State of Israel, not of Bar Refaeli.

Refaeli’s previous most high-profile relationship was with Leonardo DiCaprio, whom she split from for good back in 2011.

There were no specific references in the Civil Aviation announcement regarding a DiCaprio flying over the chupah.

Lebanon Claims IAF Bombed Fallen Israeli Drone in Beka’a

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Lebanon is blaming Israel for what it claimed was an air strike early Sunday on a crashed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) in the western Beka’a Valley.

According to a report broadcast on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel, an Israeli reconnaissance drone allegedly crashed overnight in a remote area of the valley.  Lebanese security source told Al-Manar the IAF targeted in the drone in an air strike early Sunday in order to ensure it would be destroyed, but gave no further details.

The official Lebanese news agency reported that an explosion was heard in the area and that witnesses reported air strikes as well. Lebanese military personnel traveled to the site of the crash to inspect the remains, according to the report, but no further details were provided. A “proper investigation” is yet to be carried out, the sources said. No information was provided on whether or not there were any casualties.

Lebanese security sources told the Reuters news agency that a blast near the town of Saghbein “is still not 100 percent clear” but added that “most probably it was an Israeli strike to destroy their drone.”

Earlier in the day, Aljazeera had also reported the IAF had attacked the area but like others added few details.

Despite all of the above, however, a report published Sunday in the Lebanese Daily Star indicates the truth may be different. Photos of the reported drone published on media websites “show Cyrillic script on a piece of the wreckage, indicating that the drone may have been manufactured either in Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe,” the website reported.

Local sources claimed Israel was flying drones over southern Lebanon and Mount Hermon throughout the day on Sunday, but the reports were unconfirmed.

Residents of the area said they spotted an Israeli plane hovering over the southern region near Adloun just moments before the explosion, and eyewitnesses in the area told the Daily Star they saw planes coming from the direction of Mount Hermon. No casualties were reported.

Israeli military sources have declined to comment.

Unidentified Drones Fly Over Paris Landmarks, US Embassy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Five unidentified drones were spotted overnight Tuesday flying over flying over various iconic sites in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower – and the U.S. Embassy. It is not clear who sent the drones, nor do authorities know where they went after collecting data.

Officials are “taking this very seriously,” according to news media but because “it’s so easy to buy these drones nowadays” pundits added there was little more to be done.

French police, however, expressed concern about flights over sensitive locations, saying these were not the first.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were spotted between midnight Monday and 6 am Tuesday morning. Last month similar flights were seen over Elysee Palace, the home of French President Francois Hollande. In October 2014, drones flew over a number of nuclear plants in France as well.

Security personnel in France were unable to determine the source of any of the drones Monday night, nor could they track down the operators.

Maker of ‘White House Drone’ Adds Upgrade to Protect White House [video]

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Chinese manufacturer of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn earlier this week is upgrading its product so that it automatically will be disabled within a 15.5 mile radius of Washington.

That is good news for the Secret Service, which won’t have to worry about pulling out sub-machine guns to shoot down drones over the White House.

The drone that crashed on the White House lawn in the pre-dawn hours was piloted by a government employee, who was drunk. He was not arrested

DJI, based in China, said it has developed a code to make a designated area off limits for drone pilots.

Drones have become popular as toys for children who do not want to do something more constructive, such as building a drone out of Lego, and they also are great for drug dealers.

One of DJI’s drones was found last week near the U.S.-Mexican border with an illegal drug taped to its body.

Super Bowl fans have been warned not take drones to the big game this Sunday.

“With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots with additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly,” said DJI spokesman Michael Perry. “We will continue co-operating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation.”

President Barack Obama now does not have to worry about drones interfering with his sleep at night, but maybe he should buy one of those drones to improve his golf game.

All he is to do is place a golf ball on the drone’s delivery system and aim it for the 17th tee.

The video warning against drones at the Super Bowl can be seen below.

Drone Found on White House Lawn

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The U.S. Secret Service found a small “device” that actually was a drone on the White House lawn in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.

White House Press Secretary said that the “device” did not appear to pose any threat. President Barack Obama and his wife were far away — in India.

Official waited until daybreak to remove the drone.

White House Press Secretary did not reveal any details about the “device,” leaving its size and type up to the imagination.

It could have been a toy, but what child was flying his little drone at 3 a.m.?

Or perhaps Amazon was trying out its prototype drone delivery system and got the wrong address, unless President Obama ordered a new golf ball and forget to tell anyone it was on the way.

Amazon asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration last summer for permission to tests its drone that can fly up to 50 miles an hour for half an hour to deliver a small package.

The United States is a big fan of using drones in its war on terror in foreign countries, but let’s assume it was not a terrorist gang that was trying to test its capabilities Monday morning of continuing to make the Secret Service look inept.

Last September, a man with a knife managed to scale the fence around the White House and spring on the lawn into the main floor of the White House, and a gunman shot at the building in 2011.

Below is a video of Amazon’s futuristic drone delivery system”


Israel Denies IDF Drone Shot Down by Syria

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The Israeli government has officially denied that one of its drones has been shot down by the Syrian Army near the border between the two countries.

Syria claimed on Sunday that government forces had shot down a Skylark 1 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) used for surveillance by the Jewish State. State media released photos of a drone bearing a sticker with Hebrew writing on it as evidence it had shot down the UAV.

On Monday, however, Israel flatly denied the report, which claimed the drone was flying above the Druze village of Hadar.

Quneitra has become “disputed” territory between the Syrian government and rebels fighting for control of the province. The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group has seized control of the town by the same name, also the site of the sole border crossing between Syria and Israel.

Syria Downs Israeli Drone Near Border [video]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Syrian soldiers allegedly downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone on Sunday over the town of Quneitra near the border separating the two countries.

According to reports in Lebanese and Syrian media, the UAV was a Skylark 1, shown with photos showing a drone bearing a sticker with Hebrew writing.

However, the Israeli army said it was unaware of any of its drones falling or being downed in the north.

Arab media reported the drone had been downed near the Druze village of Hadar, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad. There has been no confirmation of the report.

Quneitra has been a flashpoint for battles between Syrian government troops and rebel forces north of Israel’s border.

The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group has been in control of the area for some time, but recently Syrian troops have been gaining ground in their battle to take it back. Al Nusra has also been linked with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization as well.

This is a video of the drone that was reportedly captured:

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