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When I asked Aldo Kane how he felt when he was held at gunpoint, his response? "It's happened a few times..." That is sure to give you a flavour of the type of guy we're dealing with here and he's coming to our screens with a new documentary which hones in on drone technology tomorrow evening.
The 41-year-old former Royal Marines sniper turned high-risk specialist will investigate the threat drones pose to the UK following the Gatwick Airport chaos back in December which saw two drones bring the entire runway to go to a standstill.
Despite the positive impact that comes with drones such as blood delivery, rescue assistance and disaster relief, Aldo knows that there is also a malicious side whether they're under the control of rogue hobbyists or determined terrorist attacks.
Speaking to LADbible, Aldo said: "The world will be changing whether we like it or not with regards to unmanned aerial vehicles. Really it's about drones, drone warfare, how they're used, how we can protect ourselves and what protection we have in the UK already.
"I think that drones are A) here to stay and B) regardless of all the bad press there's actually many, many more good things that come from drones and they're being used for delivering blood out in Africa which is amazing, they're being used for mountain rescue, for disaster relief so there's so many things that they can help with and do help with already so for me they're here to stay and they're a good thing."
He continued: "What the film concentrates on more is how they can be used maliciously and fairly easily. I think we're heading in the right direction, regulations are tightening up, manufacturers are putting new software into the drones to make it almost impossible for them to fly near protected areas.
"It's the fastest arms race on the planet at the minute - drone and counter drone technology and it's something that everyone is having to get to grips with."
In Tomorrow's @bbctwo #Horizon I explore all things Drone from commercial use throught to weaponisation and full automation.- Aldo Kane (@AldoKane) June 30, 2019
As a commercial drone operator & someone who uses drones on every job, I've found this investigation a real eye opener.Good or bad, they are here to stay:thumbsup: pic.twitter.com/pByexnflv3
It's pretty clear by now that Aldo is the kinda guy that's well acquainted (and equipped) with living on the edge. As a self-proclaimed expert in any environment he has been held at gunpoint (see intro), been charged by a black Rhino, abseiled into an active volcano and escaped Ebola to name a few experiences.
Talking about the drive and motivation behind his conquests, he said: "I guess it's because I joined the Marines at 16, I was basically a schoolboy when I joined up.
"I'm 41 now and to have that type of adrenaline-filled action and adventure life it kind of becomes addictive and it's kind of become the person that I am, it defines me as a person and everything I do is based around that type of lifestyle."
Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones will air on Monday evening at 21:30 on BBC Two.
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