Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

Did you fly a drone over Fenway Park? The FAA would love a chat

Drones are nice. However they’re additionally flying machines that may do a number of silly and harmful issues. Like, for example, fly over a significant league baseball sport full of spectators. It occurred at Fenway Park final evening, and the FAA isn’t completely happy.

The unlawful flight befell final evening throughout a Pink Sox-Blue Jays sport at Fenway; the drone, a conspicuously white DJI Phantom, reportedly first confirmed up round 9:30 PM, coming and going over the subsequent hour.

One of many many followers who shot a video of the drone, Chris O’Brien, instructed CBS Boston that “it will form 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 frequently prohibited, like airports and main landmarks like stadiums, typically have no-fly guidelines baked into the GPS programs of drones — and that’s the case with DJI. In an announcement, nevertheless, the corporate mentioned that “whoever flew this drone over the stadium apparently overrode our geofencing system and intentionally violated the FAA momentary flight restriction in place over the sport.”

The FAA mentioned that it (and Boston PD) is investigating each to native information and in a tweet explaining why it’s unlawful.

FAA Assertion: The FAA is investigating a report that a #drone flew over @fenwaypark through the baseball sport final evening. Flying drones in/round stadiums is prohibited beginning 1hr earlier than & ending 1hr after the scheduled sport & prohibited inside a radius of three nm of the stadium.

— The FAA (@FAANews) April 12, 2019

That’s three nautical miles, which is kind of a distance, overlaying a lot of central Boston. You don’t actually take possibilities when there are tens of hundreds of individuals all gathered in a single spot frequently like that. Drones open up some fairly ugly safety situations.

In fact, this wasn’t a mile and a half from Fenway, which could have earned a slap on the wrist, however instantly over the park, which because the FAA notes above may result in tons of of hundreds in fines and precise jail time. It’s not onerous 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 harm or killed somebody within the crowd.

It’s particularly regarding when the FAA is engaged on establishing new guidelines for each passion and professional drone use. You need to depart a remark there for those who 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 which you can’t belief folks to observe the foundations, even once they’re coded right into a craft’s OS. It’s issues like this that make obligatory registration of drones sound like a fairly good concept.

(Pink Sox received, by the way in which. However the season’s off to a tough begin.)

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