Drone Being used by SyFy Network Show "Haunted Highway"

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?

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Comment by Greg Fletcher on July 17, 2012 at 8:05pm

Don't you mean FAA rules?

Comment by Ellison Chan on July 17, 2012 at 8:08pm

Yep, I get the US departments mixed up sometimes. 

Comment by Anands on July 18, 2012 at 6:14am

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.

Comment by Ellison Chan on July 18, 2012 at 6:42am

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.

Comment by John Moore on July 18, 2012 at 8:04am

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.

Comment by Derek Ernewein on July 18, 2012 at 9:55am

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."

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on July 18, 2012 at 10:01am

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.

Comment by Flying Monkey on July 18, 2012 at 11:16am

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.  :)

Comment by John Moore on July 18, 2012 at 11:51am

@Flying Monkey

Agreed, those shows are terrible. The "experts" are couple of actors pretending to look for ghosts.

Comment by Harry on July 18, 2012 at 11:58am

I like that they didnt use a quad.  I also like civil disobedience of big bro.


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