FAA Probes Aerial Video Shot At Lollapalooza; Was It Generated By A Drone?
(STMW) — The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing two videos taken by an aerial camera during this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park.
The agency is reviewing the videos that were posted on YouTube, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said.
Cory declined to confirm the Youtube user’s name, and would not elaborate on the investigation or on what consequences the video producer might face if any wrongdoing is found.
An account under the user name Alfredo Roman has two aerial recordings of Lollapalooza — one with footage from electronic DJ Skrillex’s set, and the other a montage of the festival. The user could not be reached Wednesday night for comment.
Anyone wanting to fly a manned or unmanned aircraft in U.S. airpsace needs “some level” of authorization from the FAA, according to an email from Cory. While it is legal to fly a model aircraft, it must be flown for recreational use, with no commercial purposes, according to FAA law.
An FAA advisory also lays down voluntary operating standards for such aircrafts, according to the document. No one should fly a model while spectators are on the ground until the device has been properly tested, the advisory says. It also should not be flown higher than 400 feet above the ground.
The videos were taken by a DJI Phantom recording device, according to the YouTube posts.