Drone Operator on Fox News Show Responds to Crash Controversy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 11, 2015 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

Following his recent unmanned aerial system crash on the set of a Fox News show, the operator has responded with his point of view.

On a ‘Fox & Friends’ segment called ‘A look at what drones can actually do,’
Dave Mosher, the online director of Popular Magazine, flew a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter in the indoor set and subsequently crashed it near TV crew members.

In a post on Popular Science, Mosher – who says he is not a professional drone pilot but has operated “a number of [them]” – admits he made several mistakes: operating the UAS while simultaneously fielding questions from Fox; handing off the tablet that featured the live feed of the aircraft; and allowing the operations to be filmed in the first place.

Mosher’s giving the live-feed tablet to one of the anchors, he says, “seriously compromised [his] flying abilities” because he is used to operating through a first-person point of view.

Following the broadcast, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sent a letter to Popular Magazine, as well as to Fox News. In the letter, AMA called Mosher “reckless and irresponsible in his use of an unmanned aircraft.”

“Your editor’s actions grossly misrepresented our hobby and this technology. We expect
much more from a magazine as widely read and esteemed as Popular Science,” AMA wrote.

Mosher says he recognizes the safety concerns of UAS and says they must be addressed. “Should we go on live TV and crash drones while doing so? Of course not,” he says.

As AMA did in the letter, Mosher brings up the Know Before You Fly campaign and calls studying it a “good place to start before you even think of picking up a drone, much less fly one in front of millions of viewers.”

The full article can be found here.

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