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Green Hope High drone grounded after FAA warning

Posted November 7, 2014

— A group of Green Hope High School students won’t be flying their drone over Friday night football games after school officials got a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Students in the school’s cyber security club, called The Black Falcons, mounted a camera on the flying craft to get a bird's eye view of the field, and even managed to stream that video live to the internet during an October match-up with Middle Creek.

"Everybody thinks it's really cool," said senior Jazzy Williams.

"It was pretty neat," said parent Kendra Galloway.

The FAA disagreed.

When the FAA learned that the Cary school was using a drone over football games, it cited regulations that limit the use of unmanned aircraft over large crowds.

“The letter advised the school (of the) requirements for operating unmanned aircraft, which are prohibited above large gatherings of people,” the FAA said in a statement.

In response, Lisa Luten, spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System, said the school had canceled plans for a flight Friday night.

“Wake County Public School System respects the FAA’s regulations and will be reviewing our programs to ensure that future aircraft projects comply with safety guidelines,” Luten said in a statement.

Williams said that came as a disappointment for fans.

"The kids were upset because they worked so hard at it," Galloway added.


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