Following guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the University of Michigan recently scrapped its plans to include an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a football pregame celebration.
The university originally said in a press release that it would be holding an air show with 15 planes and helicopters above Michigan Stadium before the Sept. 20 game against Utah. They planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school’s Department of Aerospace Engineering by showcasing the evolution of aviation.
According to a Bloomberg report, part of that showcase included operating a UAV – from SkySpecs LLC – to drop the game ball.
The school decided, however, to abandon that part of the plan after talking with the FAA, which stated that such an operation would be against agency regulations, which say UAVs cannot be flown near crowds of people.
College football is no stranger to drone drama: Earlier in September, a UAV was caught hovering inside and near the University of Texas Austin’s stadium.
Read the full Bloomberg report here.