Gatwick Airport lead joins Counter Terrorism Drone Specialist, Crowded Area Drones – Drones Information
LONDON, UK: Ashley Harvey, Head of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at Gatwick Airport, will join the UK’s leading drone specialist Crowded Space Drones as Head of the Counter Drone Unit.
Ashley has worked primarily in Airside operational functions at Gatwick Airport since 1997 and became the airport’s drone manager after the December 2018 attacks that disrupted airport operations for several days and made headlines around the world.
In this role, he oversaw the testing and use of drone detection systems as well as the creation of operating systems, processes and procedures in order to mitigate and prevent further attacks on the airport.
In this role, Ashley has also worked with UK and pan-European airspace security and counterterrorism agencies to protect critical infrastructure and new laws to aid in this.
Andrew Hamilton, Director of Operations for Crowded Space Drones, welcomed Ashley’s appointment: “In my previous position at the Civil Aviation Authority as Drone Unit Lead, I was in regular contact with Ashley and was very impressed with his experience and skills from his decades of work at airports Gatwick in the airside environment.
With the recent expansion of our Counter Drone Unit to protect critical infrastructure and major events, I thought Ashley was the ideal person to take on this growing area. He will be able to provide expert advice on how to deal with the potential threats posed by drones to our aviation, government, major events, and private sector customers around the world. “
Commenting on his new role, Ashley said, “I am delighted to be joining a company that has such a wealth of experience and knowledge of the positive use of drones and the problems associated with unauthorized drones in airport environments. Many airports and public safety agencies want to learn from the UK airport drone incidents and I look forward to helping them protect their airports and critical infrastructure. “