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Oct 26, 2015, 08:14 PM
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Poll plus Drone takes out power on Sunset Blvd


ABC News Channel 7 (LA) just reported around 1300hrs a drone took out a power line to 600 homes and businesses on Sunset Blvd and landed in the middle of the intersection, smoking. It just so happened that an ABC Editor/whatever was driving down the street and saw it all. He didn't have footage which is the unbelievable part. I feel my sphincter tightening.
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Oct 26, 2015, 09:02 PM
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Found this blurb on it. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...nocking-834751
Oct 26, 2015, 09:23 PM
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Not the first time. An Inspire got hung up on some high tension power lines near Seattle earlier this year. The power company had to use a line basket to recover it since the lines were much too high and over water.

The threat to our hobby isn't the equipment, it's the people using them.
Oct 26, 2015, 09:33 PM
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It's always the inspires and the phantoms. I kind of hate the ease of use. It takes all the fun out of flying, the autopilots and HHs new "wizard wand".
Oct 26, 2015, 09:35 PM
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Pat, I agree. For a while now there have been a few guys here on RCG that have been preaching that the drone regulations are all about money and not safety. Maybe this will help them realize the reality. The obvious may be that there were live power lines on the ground but it goes further then that. What about any health care facilities in the area? What about special needs people whos health depend on power? Traffic lights not functioning? People stuck in elevators? All speculation on my part but all this and more is feasible. How could this not be about safety? How will the LA Mayor veiw the AMA petition when it hits his desk now?
Oct 26, 2015, 09:43 PM
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Some pics. Looks like an Inspire 1.
http://abc7.com/news/drone-hits-west...utage/1052589/
Oct 26, 2015, 10:01 PM
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This was posted by the Viper Room which is a club located on the same street where the drone went down.

"Never a dull moment in West Hollywood! The power went out for a minute so I went outside to see if the rest of the hood was out. Apparently a drone was following a car for a reality show and hit the power line crossing sunset at larrabee. The line snapped in half and landed on this Mini. It buzzed for a few minutes and poof! Smoke from under the hood."


So it looks like the News left out that it was being used to film a reality show.
https://instagram.com/p/9UG84NNgkM/?...y=theviperroom
Oct 26, 2015, 10:13 PM
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So it looks like the News left out that it was being used to film a reality show.
https://instagram.com/p/9UG84NNgkM/?...y=theviperroom
So a registered, permitted, 333 exempt drone flown by a Real Pilot?
Oct 26, 2015, 10:40 PM
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Some pics. Looks like an Inspire 1.
http://abc7.com/news/drone-hits-west...utage/1052589/
That's not an Inspire 1, that's an "Inspire none".
Oct 26, 2015, 10:47 PM
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Brilliant move. Another dagger for the media to drive the stake even deeper. I can't EVER remember a fixed wing craft taking out a line on Sunset. Morons and there robotic toys, thank you.
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Oct 26, 2015, 11:13 PM
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How will the LA Mayor veiw the AMA petition when it hits his desk now?
Easy to answer that one, it will be an instant candidate for the circular file, unviewed.
Oct 26, 2015, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Socal Rich
This was posted by the Viper Room which is a club located on the same street where the drone went down.

"Never a dull moment in West Hollywood! The power went out for a minute so I went outside to see if the rest of the hood was out. Apparently a drone was following a car for a reality show and hit the power line crossing sunset at larrabee. The line snapped in half and landed on this Mini. It buzzed for a few minutes and poof! Smoke from under the hood."


So it looks like the News left out that it was being used to film a reality show.
https://instagram.com/p/9UG84NNgkM/?...y=theviperroom
Really doesn't matter who was flying it, or under what authority or context. I wonder if the operator understands he's legally liable for all the damages incurred by businesses and people due to his failure to safely control his aircraft? I doubt there's much argument against this being a case of careless and reckless operation of an aircraft. The operator, and company if one was a hiring authority, is soooooo screwed.
Oct 26, 2015, 11:46 PM
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Even more proof of the capability of these machines and their "operators" as opposed to "pilots", I as a long time RC pilot know how foolish and risky it is to fly in a congested area like Sunset, we would never dream of such a thing with a traditional model aircraft. This new breed? Hey, they are entitled to do anything they want, after all, they aren't "pilots", just "operators". Our narcissistic society on display.
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Oct 27, 2015, 12:15 AM
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Reminds me of the times that actual real people have died in power line related flight accidents that happened at the hands of FAA-licensed operators in regulated craft. Hot air balloons, for example. Long history of the registration and licensing in those situations not saving those lives.

Regardless, people operating all kinds of other equipment strike utility lines all the time. There are more power outages from squirrels and turkey vultures shorting lines and starting fires every week than there are aircraft (of any type) striking lines for years at a time.
Oct 27, 2015, 12:49 AM
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Reminds me of the times that actual real people have died in power line related flight accidents that happened at the hands of FAA-licensed operators in regulated craft. Hot air balloons, for example. Long history of the registration and licensing in those situations not saving those lives.

Regardless, people operating all kinds of other equipment strike utility lines all the time. There are more power outages from squirrels and turkey vultures shorting lines and starting fires every week than there are aircraft (of any type) striking lines for years at a time.
Minimizing what happened on Sunset by giving examples of other occurrences does not make the situation any better. MAN UP and realize there is a legitimate issue here.


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