Engadget reporter Nick Summers reports about a recent drone incident during Wimbledon. Another case of operator error, the operator was either unskilled, uneducated on his local regulations or he simply didn’t care.
If you own a drone and want to take it for a quick test flight, heed our advice: don’t fly anywhere near large sporting venues. Police arrested a pilot for filming Premier League football matches in March, and now a drone has been seized for swooping too close to Wimbledon. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted flying over the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday morning and the Metropolitan Police were promptly notified. The pilot was discovered at a nearby golf course and officers ultimately confiscated the trespassing drone — hardly surprising, given the Grand Slam starts this week.
Incidents like this reflect badly on the industry as a whole, and I can only hope that people realize that when read the original story at Engadget.
The first commenter apparently didn’t.
In my opinion, we need more groups pushing positive drone agendas, working with legislators and responding to events like this with public statements. With the commercial drone industry just over the horizon, learning how to pilot a drone from a drone university is more important then ever.
If you were unsure, Wimbledon isn’t in the US. Wimbledon takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), also known as the All-England Club. The actual physical address is Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, which means the FAA doesn’t set the rules and regulations, the CAA does.
Drone Pilots in the UK can reference “What you should know before flying a drone in the UK” if they are unsure about local regulations and hey, you never know when Drone Universities will be opening their first classes in the UK.