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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2015, 05:23:46 PM »
I kinda skipped through...so basically all you need is a FAA exemption to be ok?
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 07:22:05 PM »
Keep in mind that you won't be able to use a drone at Fortitech. You must have permission from any airport tower within 5 miles.

The drone must also stay below 400 ft. New regs were recently released:      https://www.faa.gov/uas/
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2015, 01:53:32 PM »
Keep in mind that you won't be able to use a drone at Fortitech. You must have permission from any airport tower within 5 miles.

The drone must also stay below 400 ft. New regs were recently released:      https://www.faa.gov/uas/

Fortitech is repaving this year and we've not been invited back.  Also, it's next to an ANG base which means it's most likely a drone-free zone, period.

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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2015, 08:33:15 PM »
I am very familiar with all of the laws on flying quads for profit and not. I have been flying for over 10 years now both for fun and commercial despite what you may read. The FAA is only now getting involved because of the recent upturn in usage. Most of us continue to fly with no issues because we follow the obvious safety rules. The new regulations will come into play soon but until then it is pretty much the wild west.
As for usage at a motor sport facility or any other place for that matter, here is the REAL DEAL. You can not stop them. The law says that if I am not standing on your property, I can fly right over it. The FAA, the SCCA, and whoever whats to tell you different can suck it. The law states you have no rights above your property and it has been proven dozens of times over. The only reason I did not fly at SCCA events is because I am a member and I respect the rules. That does not stop any other Joe Schmoe from doing it.  I brought my quads to all non SCCA events and everyone loved it. Requests to return as well as to take pictures of the car clubs.
I am already in the process of completely legitimizing my business and you will see some cool stuff soon.
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2015, 09:08:23 PM »
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2015, 09:32:40 AM »
The only reason I did not fly at SCCA events is because I am a member and I respect the rules. That does not stop any other Joe Schmoe from doing it.  I brought my quads to all non SCCA events and everyone loved it. Requests to return as well as to take pictures of the car clubs.

The CDCC is still grateful for the awesome pics you provided us from the June show.   :lol:  As with any endeavor, being respectful goes a long way.

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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2015, 11:15:03 AM »

The regulations are coming out because there are so many drones in use, and there is the real potential for accidents.

As far as flying over anyone's private property, I enjoy skeet as much as the next guy!

And there's this:

http://www.gnatusa.com/

(not a troll, honest!)   :-)

Are you familiar with this site?

http://travelbydrone.com/
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2015, 02:13:30 AM »


As far as flying over anyone's private property, I enjoy skeet as much as the next guy!


I know you're joking but for those who do not know the rules, shooting at a drone, quad, plane, heli, or any other man made flying object that is not in your direct control would land you in front of a federal judge. Obviously most people know you can't just shoot guns into the air in general but even if you are Ina place where you can, the laws the federal government have in place would still call that highly illegal. You never know what your shooting at or who's it is or what it is doing and for that reason, you just can't. For all you know it is on a search and rescue mission blah blah blah you know the arguments. Plus these things are usually filming so getting away with it would be that much harder.

Hadn't seen that site. Pretty neat. Lots of videos. You can't stop us  :evil:
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2015, 12:13:04 PM »
What do you recommend for info on choosing a decent drone for casual use?
What kind of flight time can be expected?
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 05:45:27 AM »
I think the phantoms by DJI are pretty much top notch when it comes to ease of use as well as long battery times. I have two phantom vison plus quads and they have all the bells and whistles with gps and a direct video feed from a proprietary 1080p cam. That'll run you about 1200 bucks. Same quad with no cam (great starter) is about 400 and you can throw a gopro on it. This is so fun I can't even start to explain it. Learning curve on one with this much tech is very small. They half fly themselves. There are always the $25 Syma mini quads for practice. I have a dozen of them I fly around my house. If you are interested Id be more than happy to meet up some time and show you or help you if you get into it.

Flight times can vary but phantoms get 20-25 minutes. Info is all over the net but with the number of quad companies popping up you now have a LOT of choices. DJI is still one of he leaders though. Parrot is cool too.
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2015, 08:52:39 PM »
Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
I would probably be looking for a decent, more entry level, quad with a gopro, that my daughter and I can use.

I am more interested in radio-controlled planes, but I can do more with a drone.
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Re: Drone Usage at Motorsports Events
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2015, 03:44:30 PM »
I know 500 bucks is a lot of money but if you can get anything on this page, http://store.dji.com/phantom, I promise you and your daughter will have endless fun with it considering you can work on it when/if you ever crash it.
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