Don't fly your drone on Super Bowl Sunday or else...
The Super Bowl 50 is under intense security. One of the security measurements affects drone owners. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and model aviators need to know that there is a temporary flight restrictions (TFR) in effect around Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
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The Know Before You Fly organization says that there will be a TFR around the big game, which goes into effect at 2 p.m. PST and lasts until 11:59 p.m. PST. During this time, model aircraft and drones will be prohibited from flying within a 32 nautical mile radius of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Super Bowl TFR is expansive because the big game is considered a special security event, but it’s not just the Super Bowl that’s subject to flight restrictions. The FAA typically restricts the airspace around sporting events with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more, including concerts, major league baseball and motor speedway events.
For more specific guidance on the TFR in effect for Super Bowl 50, please consult the FAA site here. Additionally, download the FAA’s B4UFLY app, now available on the App Store or Google Play, to find up-to-date information on TFRs.
When TFRs are not in place, Know Before You Fly would like to remind flyers to follow these guidelines to keep the skies safe for all: Fly no higher than 400 feet, Fly within visual line of sight, Stay well clear of other aircraft, Never fly within 5 miles of an airport without contacting airport authorities or air traffic control, Keep well away from emergency response efforts, such as fires, Beware of FAA airspace requirements, Don’t fly under the influence and make sure to register before your first flight.
It is not clear what measurements the police force as in place to shot down drones around the Super Bowl stadium in Santa Clara. 32 nautical miles are about 36 miles. This radius means that you are not allowed to fly a drone as far away as San Francisco in the north and Watsonville in the south. Basically the whole Bay Area is a no fly zone for Drones on Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl 50 will take place on February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, at the Levi's Stadium. The stadium is the home of the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl 50 will be topping all previous Super Bowl's because of the anniversary. Marketers are flocking to Super Bowl 50 and it will be a huge TV event. Read our Super Bowl 50 Facts to learn everything important about Super Bowl 50.
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