Hobbyist Drones Have Hampered Aerial Firefighting

Two camera-equipped DJI drones may have helped Parisian firefighters to position their hoses to quench the Notre Dame Cathedral blaze on April 15, but drones have been a problem for aerial firefighting efforts in the United States.

“Aerial firefighting missions including aerial supervision, air tanker retardant drops, helicopter water drops, and smoke jumper para-cargo occur between ground level and 200 feet above ground level, which is the same altitude that many hobbyist drones fly,” according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) …


RotorandWing.com | April 30, 2019

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