Or... How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Drone
The appearance of Airship 800U at the Coach Groves Spiked Shoe Cross Country Invitational 2 weeks ago brought more than wonderment and joy. It actually brought apprehension and disdain to the Officials in charge of the whole thing. In fact, the reaction was overwrought and accusatory if the rumors are true. I am here to set the record straight. For once, I was correct and followed all the rules in place to bring you the first ever aerial footage of a Penn State Cross Country race. In the mean-time, all future drone flights have been banned. I will, of course, abide by the decision, but it should be changed quickly. The interns will see what they can do.
|Artist's Conception of Official's reaction.|
Officials also questioned whether the drone was flown out of sight of the operator, and said that it was, as they did not see it when the pack was on the other side of the course. Needless to say, they didn't see it because I had already landed back at the start, and had only followed it for the first fairway of the race and returned to an empty area after each flight. I flew well within sight at all times. My flight logs are available for anyone to check.
They also related that drones should not be flown above groups of people. And I whole heartedly agree. Logs will also prove that it was never flown above groups of people. It was above the starter for a brief second after the race started, but otherwise the only people under it were those that walked or ran under it on their own, and these people were alerted to it. Drones should also not be flown OVER stadiums or sporting events. This rule was also followed, as I was always away from the competition and not directly over it. Videos and flight logs leave no doubt.
Other questions were raised about the NCAA regulations of the drone. There are rules governing drones in use by NCAA representatives concerning fair play and spying etc. The possibility of gaining an unfair advantage using a drone had been raised. But real-time video of the drone footage was blocked and only filming for later viewing was done. The NCAA has no jurisdiction over anything I do with the drone, as I do not represent PSU T&FXC in any official capacity. The NCAA is updating its rules about drone at the end of the year.