NFL to Begin Using Drones

23 Sep, 2015

Drone

The NFL is officially in the drone business, at least in some form. This past week the NFL obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones to “shoot films, documentaries and television segments.” With the ruling, the NFL is the first of the major sports leagues to obtain such approval.

The permission to fly drones does not come without some restrictions, one of which is that they are not allowed to film actual games. That does make sense as the drones can pose a potential threat to the safety of fans in the stadiums, so don’t expect to see a drone filming over a live game anytime soon.

According to Bloomberg:

In a Sept. 17 letter, the FAA granted the league’s NFL Films permission to use drones but with several conditions and limitations. Among them: Drones must weigh less than 55 pounds (25 kilograms) including payload, fly no more than 400 feet (122 meters) above the ground and travel no faster than 100 miles per hour (87 knots).

Teams should also note that the drones will not be allowed to film any practices, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

[H/T Bloomberg]

 

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