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Drone usage in tournaments

jayskijayski Posts: 898 Mega Baller
http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=3167

Curious if this is representative of what the membership feels is required

Comments

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,785 Mega Baller
    It depends on the height and if they are going to track the skier. I had one flying alongside and slightly above me once and it was distracting. I could actually hear it over the boat engine and spray noise. I think I could also pick it up in my peripheral view as well.

    I think the shots would be cool if you can keep it from being an interference.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,353 Crazy Baller
    With those requirements, I rather imagine that there will be very minimal usage of drones at tournaments in the future.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,785 Mega Baller
    I see it says the distance from a competitor must be 50 meters. That might be good enough to avoid sound, but I’m not sure. Avoiding peripheral intrusion would require more height if the drone were to fly 50 meters to one side at like 20 feet.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    bdougherty
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,053 Mega Baller
    Unless it's used as an integral part of the tournament itself I see this as overreach. Site owners discretion and risk.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
    jayskiBobFz_skier
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    Why is USAWaterski involving themselves in this? Seems like there is a lot of other stuff to worry about.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    jayski
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,380 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @BoneHead because one crashing into a skier or a car or spectator creates a liability issue that is a reality. Also, the use of the images without the consent is another potential problem. I agree with @Drago that it seems appropriately proactive.

    The USA-WSWS January 2019 Board meeting has some notes on the action starting on page 5. The goal appears to be to limit exposure to liability and provide some basic rules that tournament hosts/clubs can use to promote their safe use.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,094 Mega Baller
    I remember a spectator at a Southern Regionals a few years ago who was hit with the blades and sustained injury. Possibly went to the hospital but I do not remember off the top of my head.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    Just seems like there's a lot more for our illustrious sanction to worry about than the 1 in 77,000,001 chance that I'm going to get hit by a drone.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    WoodySkierjayski
  • OldGuysRuleOldGuysRule Posts: 107 Solid Baller
    I was serving as a safety at a recent Nationals when I got involved in a "discussion" with a drone operator. The operator was flying the drone out in front of the jump so the drone was in the field of vision of the jumpers. The jumpers were virtually jumping into the drone! The drone was landed and the jumping event started back up.
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,588 Mega Baller
    How long do you guys think it took to figure this one out?
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,139 Mega Baller
    IMO drones could give boat path and.course survey pretty soon
    Drago
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    edited June 2019
    Which is exactly what I'd expect a Safety, tournament director, or owner to do. What happens when someone flies a drone too close now. We didn't need a rule for common sense. The person dumb enough to fly a drone too close to jumpers or skiers didn't give two shits about a rule that USA Waterski came up with. You can't fix stupid with a rule saying drone pilots must be certified and follow FAA rules.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    jayski
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 904 Mega Baller
    edited June 2019
    Who is going to enforce this crap!
    Next it will be lawn darts! And that’s not all Squirrel!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
    ForrestGumpMillerTime38
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,053 Mega Baller
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
    jayski
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,187 Mega Baller
    Not this one :)
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
    ski6jonesForrestGumpjayski
  • DelonousDelonous Posts: 11 Baller
    I've been somewhat waiting on rules for tournaments, although I expected more like "must be 50ft above the water and get tourney director/site owner approval." I was at at tournament that had overhanging power lines, another guys drone hit them and fell straight into the water. So yes it's unlikely, but still a possibility of injury. As a drone operator myself at tourneys, I'm glad there's rules. But am I going to appreciate having to get insurance and a certificate... not really
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 360 Solid Baller
    IF I were a drone owner/operator, I would investigate whether my Homeowner's liability policy would provide liability coverage for me while using my drone. If not, I would ask if same could be endorsed (added) to my homeowner's coverage. Similarly, I would check my personal excess liability coverage. That is usually the least expensive way to obtain liability insurance. Chances are slim, but what if your drone caused a serious injury or fatality. A million might not be enough.
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 904 Mega Baller
    I guess I’ll have to pack my 12 gauge!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
    ski6jonesMillerTime38
  • MillerTime38MillerTime38 Posts: 373 Crazy Baller
    I am with @teammalibu here, 12 gauge with some #6 shot.
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