Interesting these folks are able to obtain permission to use a drone for a commercial endeavour, or did they?
This appears to be filmed in the US, so the FAA rules, should be applying to them too, right?
Don't you mean FAA rules?
Yep, I get the US departments mixed up sometimes.
They could have mimicked what the farmers do over here if questioned by anyone. "The plane is owned by an individual who has been given permission to fly over the property and is flying under 400 FT." also the fun "I am supporting this persons hobby by buying his photos".
I suspect that what they're calling a 'drone' is actually just an RC model. I know lots of people, including the media, that do that. Some 'drone strikes' are completely manned remotely.
Wyatt, they will have a hard time convincing the authorities, as in the show, where they are flying is not a farm, and clearly not flying for fun.
Anands, they did not call it a drone. I'm calling it that. It's not flying autonomous, but even RC models cannot be flown commercially without FAA authorization.
What authorities? That may be against the letter of the law but the FAA has better things to do than fine a guy for flying a tricopter looking for ghosts. The way I see it this is the jaywalking of aviation laws, at least for now.
Not that it matters, but they did call it a Drone in the video. His sentence at 0:07 to 0:12 is
"I honestly think the best way to do it would be to send the Drone up with the flare attached."
At 0:10 sec the dude says "..send a drone up with a FLIR attached.."
At 0:21 the tricopter image shows the battery and what may be the IR cam looking left to right. Forward Looking InfraRed is really an out of place term on a muticopter - orginally termed from fixed wing aircraft. Not clear is any video transmitter from the camera so.. I suspect if it is authentic IR recording from the tricopter, it was added during post processing.
The images indicated 'FLIR' could actually be just a boom mounted IR cam with professional lenses. The audio of the 'drone' shots is overdubbed for effect. The 'zoom' sequence is obviously post processing and the 'FLIR' tag in some shots is also added post processing.
I am skeptical but totally convinced of the skill sets of TV technology to make you think it is the real thing.
Having flown a Flir Tau 640 on my tricopter... I can say that's a real flir thermal imaging camera. The sound effect, zoom, "video cutout" and flir logo are all added in post production. They had to of had a dvr onboard recording for how the quality looked (I've recorded the downlink and had a dvr onboard for comparison). I'm a little more surprised that they used the shots where the tri is so close to the ground and you can't see anything useful. Maybe that's their intent (for suspense?). The flir is lighter than a gopro and almost as easy to setup as a normal fpv cam. Surprisingly easy to fly using it as the primary cam!
For an individual to charge a few bucks here and there for aerial photography he probably won't get the attention of the FAA... but a production like this for SyFy will definately draw attention!
As a side note... these types of shows are retarded, I feel icky just watching that little clip. :)
Agreed, those shows are terrible. The "experts" are couple of actors pretending to look for ghosts.
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