Drone Flight Bans Enacted Over Sporting Events

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Drone Flight Bans Enacted Over Sporting Events

Petco Park, Deejay June 26, 2014

Petco Park

Drones and large gatherings, like sporting events or concerts, don’t always mix well. Why? The answer is very simple “safety.”

While drones may be the ideal vehicle to capture your event on video, mistakes happen, things can easily go wrong and quickly become dangerous. That’s why the FAA has been banning drone flights in and around events, for example the FAA banned all flights within 25 miles of the Super Bowl. And the Super Bowl isn’t the only event affected.

For February’s Super Bowl, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned drone flights within 35 miles of the stadium. That’s right, 35 miles. It clearly didn’t want any ne’er-do-wells ruining the party by accidentally crashing their robot flying machine into the crowd or having it drop from the sky onto a player’s head, and so stipulated the ban in a bid to give security personnel one less thing to worry about, and give fans a safer game.

And before you say, “But how about that ‘drone show’ that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime gig?” Well, the dazzling aerial display was actually recorded a week earlier and slotted in on the night.


But there are still those who just can’t resist grabbing their remotely controlled flying toy for some sky-based kicks — at a sports event.

Take Sunday’s baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres at Petco Field. In the seventh inning, TV commentators spotted a GoPro Karma drone, with footage showing it buzzing about inside the venue.

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What do you think? Is this a reasonable solution? Should we be looking for more options?

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you kn0w I always lean towards “education” over “regulation” but sometimes safety trumps all. While I still believe all drone operators should invest in high quality, drone training (or at least consider taking a basic Introduction to Drones course), in some cases, like the Super Bowl, a flight ban may just be the best solution.

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