It seems to be a bit of a trend now, drones crashing during sporting events. First the US Open, now a University of Kentucky football game.
On Saturday, a drone crash-landed inside the University of Kentucky football stadium during pregame festivities at the Wildcats’ home opener. No one was hurt, according to school spokesman Jay Blanton, who told CNN that they are discussing what to do with the drone’s pilot, a Kentucky student.
As a commentator on the drone industry, it’s frustrating every time one of these events occur. Whether it’s a sporting event crash or firefight gone awry, I file all off these events under “drone operator error.” It’s not the craft, not the industry, it’s the pilot. With the right training, I’m confident events like these can be avoided. Drone operators should take responsibility for their craft, have all of the appropriate piloting skills and understand all of the local laws and regulations before they ever take-off. A great place to learn these skills and more is at a drone college like Drone Universities. I may be a bit biased, but you can review our current course offering here.
On a side note, leave it to Fox News to lead with the most alarmist introduction ever:
Hardly a week goes by anymore without some sort of drone incident in the headlines, almost always for some dubious, nefarious or ridiculous reason (or in the case of the plot to smuggle porn, drugs and guns into a Maryland prison via a drone, for all three of those reasons).
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