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FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach
palm beach post ^ | 7-8-14 | Kristen Daum

Posted on 07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT by FlJoePa

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH —

A man who flew a drone into a fireworks show over West Palm Beach and captured stunning video that went viral over the weekend might have to answer to federal investigators.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the video is “under investigation.”

“The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post.

Punishments can include “a verbal warning and an order to stop the operation and civil penalties,” the FAA said.

A man named “Jos Stiglingh” uploaded his now-infamous 4-minute feature to YouTube on May 13. The video gained global exposure over the Fourth of July holiday after GoPro uploaded a snippet of it and promoted it on its YouTube page on the afternoon of July 4.

By early Saturday, Stiglingh’s full-length video had nearly 2 million views, and as of Tuesday afternoon, that number was approaching 8 million.

Other ambitious videographers have also used drones to capture fireworks from an aerial vantage point. A Nashville man made a similar video on July 4, The Tennessean reported.

The FAA said flying model aircraft — including unmanned devices — is allowed under certain guidelines. They cannot be flown beyond the sight of the operator or interfere with manned aircraft. Any flights within five miles of an airport require notification to air traffic control.

Stiglingh’s video was shot at night and the drone appears to loft several hundred feet in the air. Palm Beach International Airport is only a few miles from downtown West Palm Beach.

It’s unclear on what day Stiglingh’s video was captured. Prior to July 4, the last fireworks show over West Palm Beach was at the conclusion of SunFest on May 4.

Stiglingh wrote on YouTube that he filmed the video using a GoPro Hero3 attached to a DJI Phantom 2 — a device built to capture aerial photos and videos. It’s operated by a remote control.

When contacted over YouTube, Stiglingh declined to answer questions from a Palm Beach Post reporter and would say only: “I’m sorry. GoPro owns the footage.”

It does not appear that Stiglingh lives in South Florida. A Facebook page using the same profile photo as Stiglingh’s YouTube and Google accounts indicates he lives in South Africa.

GoPro has not returned an email seeking comment, and DJI declined to answer questions about Stiglingh’s video.

Instead, the Chinese company said in a statement that “DJI is committed to helping pilots operate their craft safely. We provide extensive information for flying safely and in accordance with national and international laws in our disclaimer and warning manual.”

GoPro, which became a publicly traded company two weeks ago, has soared in popularity in recent years as its small, light-weight cameras are used to capture monumental events — such as Austrian parachutist Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile free-fall descent from the stratosphere in 2012.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: drone; faa; fl
For those that haven't seen the video, here's the youtube link.
1 posted on 07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa

Someone is doing something! Quick- does he need a license for that? No? Quick- create a regulation and design a pretty license layout!

As for danger to aircraft- hello, it’s a fireworks display!


2 posted on 07/09/2014 4:54:44 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: FlJoePa

So no one was aware or pissed May 4 or until a video appeared letting the world know the FAA failed to see the remote controlled device so now the FAA is playing catch-up.

Figures


3 posted on 07/09/2014 4:56:13 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: DBrow
Someone is doing something!

Control! We must have control!

4 posted on 07/09/2014 4:56:48 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Someone did something new! We must imprison them!


5 posted on 07/09/2014 4:58:27 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: FlJoePa

“The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post.”

Do they regulate kites and paper planes too? How about
helium party balloons? The only thing more painful than
a tooth ache to a government bureaucrat is any unregulated
freedom.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 4:59:58 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: CGASMIA68

I envision a bank of cubicles with a dozen or so well-paid FAA employees scouring youtube and other videos for inappropriate use of drones. Of course, most of their time is probably spent watching porn and kitten videos.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 5:00:04 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Slambat

So if the plane was in the approved and regulated fire works display then what is the issue..I don’t get it.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 5:03:03 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: FlJoePa

Awesome!


9 posted on 07/09/2014 5:03:14 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: FlJoePa

That is the GoPro edit it looks like. Found this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI


10 posted on 07/09/2014 5:03:19 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: FlJoePa

Awesome


11 posted on 07/09/2014 5:04:36 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: CGASMIA68

The airspace was cleared for incendiary explosions, not a non-exploding toy plane.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 5:07:25 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: stinkerpot65
Someone did something new! We must imprison them!

Or, someone achieved excellence and made all other drone pilots look bad. Can't have that. lol

13 posted on 07/09/2014 5:15:23 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: FlJoePa

interesting that it is not patriotic music for the fourth of July fireworks.


14 posted on 07/09/2014 5:16:49 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: FlJoePa

Pull up Captain. I believe we’re takin’ flack.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 5:17:07 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Chickensoup

The video was taken in May during SunFest over the intracoastal waterway. WPB on the left, Palm Beach on the right. I didn’t listen to the audio, but I’m sure it was edited in after the footage was shot.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 5:18:35 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

Here’s a better video of the same thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI&feature=youtu.be


17 posted on 07/09/2014 5:45:24 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: carriage_hill

Ooops, dupe of #10.


18 posted on 07/09/2014 5:46:19 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: FlJoePa

I can understand if there were 50 of them flying around. That could cause a problem. It may get to the point where there are just too many flying around. Rules will have to made for safety reasons only.....SAFETY ONLY. I just hope the DHS (lol) doesn’t start in with terrorist labels on this hobby..especially when our borders are wide open.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 5:46:33 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Wolfie
The airspace was cleared for incendiary explosions, not a non-exploding toy plane.

The purpose of any such regulations is to prevent collisions between drones and planes. No pilot is going to fly his plane through a fireworks display, so the presence of the drone is irrelevant to flight safety.

20 posted on 07/09/2014 5:50:58 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Thanks! Much more awesome than the GoPro ad!


21 posted on 07/09/2014 5:51:59 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: FlJoePa

Now we need to ask the government’s permission to use the sky?


22 posted on 07/09/2014 5:59:20 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: PapaBear3625

Yeah, that was my point.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 6:02:20 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: FlJoePa
G'damn feds - can't just see it and say, "Heh - cool".

Noooo... they have to make noise and flex muscles.

24 posted on 07/09/2014 6:04:02 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: FlJoePa
A man named “Jos Stiglingh” uploaded his now-infamous 4-minute feature to YouTube on May 13.

Jos had better make some campaign donations, pronto!

25 posted on 07/09/2014 6:06:04 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: FlJoePa

How ironic it is that this latest example of government largesse occurs because of a celebration of our nation’s founding. A nation supposedly based on freedom.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 6:08:57 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven

Our nations borders are being invaded every day by illegals but we must stop the video photographers!!


27 posted on 07/09/2014 6:42:11 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Obama - The Scandal a Week President.)
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To: knittnmom

IMO private drones will become a society altering tech.Now that they recharge off powerlines they will create a new class of reality addicts ...

ir says no in home privacy either.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 7:12:02 AM PDT by therapsida
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To: FlJoePa

thanks, I jumped to a conclusion.

bad Chicken!


29 posted on 07/09/2014 7:42:57 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: DBrow

Quick!!! Tax the air he breathed!

Yup, the fools are concerned about aircraft danger? In a fireworks display? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

This clearly shows that FAA has far too many employees..


30 posted on 07/09/2014 1:20:41 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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