Surf event uses helicopter to to force drone to crash… Looks like a Mavic Pro to me.
Well that’s surreal.
When the guys below are trying to force it out of the sky why has the drone pilot not took it elsewhere.
For same reason he’s flying there in the first place when he shouldn’t be - judging by their determination to take him out. Because he’s a dick!
So many sports events like that ban drones (I know WRC do) - so he deserves what he gets.
I’d imagine that, since he’s flying over water, he’d have set RTH on disconnect.
If not - he’s still a dick.
Only reason they took it down was to protect their IP/income stream - not a good enough reason in my book.
No - that’s one of the reasons they ban them at such events … and hence why he shouldn’t have been flying there in the first place … and hence why it was taken down.
The real irony exists when I’d been asked not to fly and then the official DJI pilots manage this just 10 minutes later …
Grose acknowledged that the drone operator was flying their drone in a public place, and thus was doing so legally.
Quote from the source of the story…
he also drew attention to the potential dangers associated with flying it directly above competition participants, as well as close to the helicopter - however this doesn’t appear to be why it was interfered with and forced to crash - possibly illegally.
I don’t keep my copies of Wavelength any more to be able to find it - but that was not what was reported by them on the incident at the time.
The competition Marshall’s had attempted to throw objects at the drone to try and knock it out, when the failed, they called in the helicopter.
Now to my mind this was a deliberate act, the helicopter infringed upon the drone airspace with deliberate intent to force it to crash, in order to protect their intellectual rights sell any photographs. So the heli pilot should be grounded for deliberately forcing another aircraft to crash. This had bugger all to do with safety, but all about the money they make from exclusive photographs.
Nice long rant about it - I agree with almost all the points the chap makes.
Drones are either aircraft or they’re not. Regulators can’t have it both ways.
(My opinion on Model AC and low flying manned AC follows)
As long as manned AC stay above 500ft except during take off and landing- (like they’re supposed to)
As long as Model AC, (AKA Drones) stay below 400ft and well away from Airports / Helipads - (Like they have to)
Following the above rules - There is no risk to Manned AC from drones.
If you look at the logged flights, (freely available online - for all manned AC), of the most common low-flying AC in my area (Helicopters), their entire flight takes place no lower than 600ft UNTIL they are within approx 500m of their landing site, (either Howarden in NW / John Lennon - Liverpool / City Airport - West Manchester)
In fact from my own observations, flying as low as 600ft is rare for these Helicopters and their lower ceiling is usually 900ft but I have seen evidence of 600ft in their, (crowd-sourced), flight logs
And that heli pilot should be fined,and lose his license,what a dick !!! Theres no excuse for taking down another aircraft imagine if the heli itself had crashed on to the idiots below…Shame it did not,
Maybe the camera is pointing forward and not down, so he can’t see them directly below. He’s probably flying it while hiding in a bush somewhere so has no line of sight. Maybe…