FAA checking for violations after drones capture fireworks show

FAA checking for violations after drones capture Nashville fireworks

Posted: Updated: Jul 08, 2014 11:11 PM

The FAA is working to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations when a drone captured spectacular views of Friday’s fireworks in Nashville.

A drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was flown into the fireworks display over the Cumberland River on the 4th of July.

The footage has garnered worldwide attention and netted more than 50,000 views on YouTube.

The drone was operated by local businessman Robert Hartline.

Hartline says he was doing it “for fun.”

“I thought it was fun to showcase Nashville,” said Hartline. “And that’s what Nashville is all about. We put on a good show. I happened to get it on video.”

SLIDESHOW: Photos of the fireworks from a drone

Hartline says what he did was completely safe and never threatened the safety of anyone at the fireworks festival.

When asked about the incident, an FAA spokesperson sent the following statement to News 2:

“The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions. Flying model aircraft for hobby or recreational reasons does not require FAA approval, but hobbyists must operate according to criteria under the law. Certificates of Waiver or Authorization are available to public entities that want to fly a UAS in civil airspace. Commercial operations are authorized on a case-by-case basis.”

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