Amateurs, they should’ve used drone load

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A drone that was hit by shotgun pellets while filming a family firework event at Nelson Speedway is written off after the “incredibly dangerous” act.

The drone was hit by around seven pellets at the annual event on Saturday night, and three were found lodged in the drone after it was safely landed by the its pilots.

Drone operator Sherlock Vision co-owner Geoff Sherlock said the main concern was not the more than $5000 worth of damage to his equipment, but that someone fired a shotgun towards a crowd of more than 4000 people.

“We’re just concerned that obviously there is this drone hater thing out there, that drones impinge on privacy and the whole negative side of that, but this couldn’t be further from that,” he said.

“We were paid to be there, we followed all the correct procedures, we had our safe points, we had our health and safety procedures in place, we’ve done this very much according to every rule that exists.”   

The drone company had permission from the Nelson Airport control tower to fly above the speedway and cover the display, he said.

Sherlock said the scary thing was the angle of the shot appeared to come from the road outside the speedway in towards the crowd.

He said pellets from the shot blasted through the back of the drone through the propeller and into the body at around 9.30pm, while it was filming the family fireworks display.

“Johnny and Elias who were flying it did a great job of landing it,” he said.

“We couldn’t believe that the drone had continued flying once we had landed it and found out how badly it had been damaged by being shot. The outcome could have been so much worse if the drone had landed amongst the crowd or if the shot fired had hit someone.”

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Of course you could go full auto like Dan Blizerian did on drones:

https://youtu.be/oDebwW7kfc4

 

– Fairfax


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