Did you fly a drone over Fenway Park? The FAA would like a chat
Drones are nice. However they’re additionally flying machines that may do numerous silly and harmful issues. Like, for example, fly over a significant league baseball recreation full of spectators. It occurred at Fenway Park final night time, and the FAA is not joyful.
The unlawful flight came about final night time throughout a Crimson Sox-Blue Jays recreation at Fenway; the drone, a conspicuously white DJI Phantom, reportedly first confirmed up round 9:30 PM, coming and going over the following hour.
One of many many followers who shot a video of the drone, Chris O’Brien, told CBS Boston that “it will sort of drop quick then return up then drop and spin. It was getting actually low and near the gamers. At one level it was getting actually low and I used to be questioning are they going to pause the sport and no matter, however they by no means did.
Locations the place flying is usually prohibited, like airports and main landmarks like stadiums, typically have no-fly guidelines baked into the GPS techniques of drones — and that’s the case with DJI. In an announcement, nevertheless, the corporate stated that “whoever flew this drone over the stadium apparently overrode our geofencing system and deliberately violated the FAA temporary flight restriction in place over the game.”
The FAA stated that it (and Boston PD) is investigating each to native information and in a tweet explaining why it’s unlawful.
That’s three nautical miles, which is sort of a distance, protecting a lot of central Boston. You don’t actually take probabilities when there are tens of 1000’s of individuals all gathered in a single spot frequently like that. Drones open up some fairly ugly safety situations.
After all, this wasn’t a mile and a half from Fenway, which could have earned a slap on the wrist, however immediately over the park, which because the FAA notes above may result in a whole bunch of 1000’s in fines and precise jail time. It’s not laborious to think about why: If that drone had misplaced energy or caught a gust (or been hit by a fly ball, at that altitude), it may have damage or killed somebody within the crowd.
It’s particularly regarding when the FAA is engaged on establishing new rules for both hobby and professional drone use. You need to depart a remark there in case you really feel strongly about this, by the way in which.
Right here’s hoping they catch the fool who did this. It simply goes to indicate you could’t belief folks to observe the principles, even once they’re coded right into a craft’s OS. It’s issues like this that make necessary registration of drones sound like a reasonably good concept.
(Crimson Sox gained, by the way in which. However the season’s off to a tough begin.)