The coptercam hovers over the pitch, Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, December 22, 2012.

@Hai Tran, would this be used in international matches as well? :-)

For those who are not familiar with the game Cricket and Cricket pitch, refer the wikipedia page found here and here.

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Comment by Alan Burke on December 23, 2012 at 2:05am

@Greg, If you continue to watch that video, Simon flies over people quite closely. I think is quite amusing that you think that it's ok for Simon to fly a couple of metres of someone's head and then hover over person with a metre of two clearance is when it is against the law to do so.

The Coptercam guys have obviously done something right to be approved by the safety authority to operate in an open field in front of thousands of people.

I am certainly not an UAV safety expert, so I'll trust that the safety regulator has been satisfied that Coptercam can do the job safely.

Comment by Greg on December 23, 2012 at 3:42am

@Alan.  Please do not misquote me. I never indicated that flying over someones head is amusing.  Really. lets stick to facts here :-)  Like everyone on this forum I am entitled to express some concern as I did earlier in a controlled and polite manner.  

Like all the members of this forum I want to continue to enjoy this hobby. I truely hope we don't see an incident at a major sporting event broadcast live around the world.

I did watch the whole video by the way.  This was the first time I saw it.  I think you may have missed my subtle attempt to lighten the conversation and at the same time draw attention to the fact the footage is not all shot from the multicopter.  Of course I was not there and really the only people who could comment factually is the film crew.  What appears to be close ups and over head flying is misleading due to the cameras perspective.  I do not think this was shot as close as you think. There are noticeable special effects which were added post production and of course the normal camera zoom.

The camera crew would not have endangered the models either.  Fashion Models are very expensive and so would be the litigation in the event of physical injury. 

I wont be commenting on this post further. It is obviously a sensitive topic and getting away from the original article on the Cricket. I need to turn my attention to catching up on the code and new hardware,  My health has been bad and I had to take a break from things. Now I want to enjoy Xmas and start my next build.

Seasons Greetings to all.

Comment by Duran - ALTI on December 23, 2012 at 1:00pm

Im i the only one, but as far as i know this drone actually did crash at that game and went crashing into a nearby wedding!!?? foxcopter was grounded and will not be usedin future for any games or other tv work.. ??

Comment by Ruwan on December 23, 2012 at 3:11pm

@Duran, any links please?

Comment by Sam Short on December 23, 2012 at 8:33pm

@Duran, I doubt that, I saw it flying at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. I think this news article published 2 days ago is pretty clear

I believe drone that crashed was a Steadidrone.

Comment by Sushi on December 27, 2012 at 3:30pm

I was at Adelaide Oval last night with a sold out crowd of 15,000 (half the stadium is being rebuilt) and the FoxKopter flew throughout the entire game. They were controlling it from a small section on the side of the field... it would take off, fly to the center of the field and hover around for a bit, fly straight up to a few hundred feet, back down and hover a little more, eventually returning to base on the sidelines for a few minutes before repeating the process. For those that don't know cricket, there are 11 fielders, 2 batsmen and 2 umpires on a field 190m x 125m. It never flew above the crowd and didn't seem to try and follow the action. I tested the panorama function on my phone and you can (barely) see the base station left side on the edge of the field where the crowd ends and construction begins.

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on February 1, 2013 at 2:47pm

I saw your copter on tv while I was visiting Australia. Had no clue it was yours. Small world.


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