Fly your drone inside 35 miles of Houston’s NRG Stadium on Sunday and you will in all probability find yourself dropping your hen, lacking the sport, and paying a fantastic.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t messing about on the subject of drone flights on the Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl.
Not solely is it banning flights over Houston’s NRG Stadium through the massive recreation, it’s additionally warning drone house owners to maintain their fly machines grounded for as much as 34.5 miles away.
The strict guidelines shall be in impact from four p.m. to eleven:fifty nine p.m. on Sunday, the FAA confirmed in a discover posted on its web site this week.
The principles are for security causes – the company charged with preserving U.S. skies protected doesn’t need to danger any of the unmanned flying machines dropping unceremoniously from the sky and touchdown on a fan’s head – and for safety causes, too, although presumably any drone-proudly owning ne’er-do-wells gained’t be too bothered about official notices ordering them to not fly.
A brief video (above) highlighting the restriction implores followers to “deliver your fortunate jersey, convey your face paint, deliver your staff spirit … however depart your drone at house, and make the sport protected for everybody.”
It’s not clear what measures the company has in place for taking down rogue drones, although loads of corporations have been creating options, from anti-drone guns to highly trained eagles. Final yr it warned anybody who fancied risking a Tremendous Bowl flight that it might use “lethal pressure” to take it out. Nevertheless, such dramatic language is absent from this yr’s message.
“Drones have gotten far more fashionable, however additionally they pose sure security dangers,” stated FAA administrator Michael Huerta. “We’re working intently with our security and safety companions to unfold the No Drone Zone message as extensively as potential.”
The FAA has been issuing comparable drone bans for the Tremendous Bowl for a number of years in response to the rising reputation of the remotely managed flying machines.
Tremendous Bowl LI, between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, will get underway on Sunday, February 5 at 6.30pm ET.