Skip to comments.FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach
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, Stiglinghs 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.
Stiglinghs 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.
Its unclear on what day Stiglinghs 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. Its operated by a remote control.
When contacted over YouTube, Stiglingh declined to answer questions from a Palm Beach Post reporter and would say only: Im sorry. GoPro owns the footage.
It does not appear that Stiglingh lives in South Florida. A Facebook page using the same profile photo as Stiglinghs 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 Stiglinghs 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 Baumgartners 24-mile free-fall descent from the stratosphere in 2012.
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!
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.
Control! We must have control!
Someone did something new! We must imprison them!
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
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.
So if the plane was in the approved and regulated fire works display then what is the issue..I don’t get it.
That is the GoPro edit it looks like. Found this link:
The airspace was cleared for incendiary explosions, not a non-exploding toy plane.
Or, someone achieved excellence and made all other drone pilots look bad. Can't have that. lol
interesting that it is not patriotic music for the fourth of July fireworks.
Pull up Captain. I believe we’re takin’ flack.
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.
Here’s a better video of the same thing:
Ooops, dupe of #10.
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.
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.