Flying during high school football?

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Part 107 pilot here. Just wanted to get you guys' thoughts on something.

A friend of mine is an assistant coach at our local high school. Football season has just started and I thought it would be cool to grab some shots of a game, of course from a distance. FAA regulated flights around athletic venues with capacities of 30k and over, but makes no mention (I think) of smaller venues that I'm aware of.

The GHSA (Georgia High School Association) had in it's consultation and bylaws the following: "Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest."

I interpret that as regulating the actual schools from doing so or commissioning drone flight during a game and that, as a legal pilot, as long as I'm following FAA regulations, I am free to do it.

Does that sound right to you all?
 

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I was warned by a coach after I flew off the sidelines about 50' and hovered over my head to get my grandson playing but the grandstands were full of parents filming their kids playing .I had just came down so just smiled and told him ok. Didn't want my grand to catch no slack.
And I don't have no 107.
Don't think he knew what he was talking about but happened. Like 7th graders .
 

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The GHSA (Georgia High School Association) had in it's consultation and bylaws the following: "Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest."
I interpret that as regulating the actual schools from doing so or commissioning drone flight during a game and that, as a legal pilot, as long as I'm following FAA regulations, I am free to do it.
That sounds pretty much like: Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest.
Their intent seems pretty clear.
I think you're reading between the line.
There's no mention of .. except for that guy with the 107 who follows FAA regulations.
Try it and see. But be prepared to make a swift exit.
 
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That sounds pretty much like: Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest.
Their intent seems pretty clear.
I think you're reading between the line.
There's no mention of .. except for that guy with the 107 who follows FAA regulations.
Try it and see. But be prepared to make a swift exit.
You may be right, however, the thing I keep going back to is this : these are GHSA bylaws and the GHSA governs high schools.
 

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You may be right, however, the thing I keep going back to is this : these are GHSA bylaws and the GHSA governs high schools.
Your first post made it sound like it was a high school game that you wanted to video.
The GHSA don't want drones flying over any GHSA sanctioned contest.
What am I missing?
 
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Your first post made it sound like it was a high school game that you wanted to video.
The GHSA don't want drones flying over any GHSA sanctioned contest.
What am I missing?
The GHSA allows for programs to utilize drones during practice, so I guess I figured that those bylaws were directed at the programs. I wouldnt imagine a private organization could stop me from flying off-property
 
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One more thing to consider. Part 101 prohibits flights from sunset to sunrise. You can fly 30 min after sunset (or before sunrise) providing you have lights that can be seen up to 3-miles.
 
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Part 107 pilot here. Just wanted to get you guys' thoughts on something.

A friend of mine is an assistant coach at our local high school. Football season has just started and I thought it would be cool to grab some shots of a game, of course from a distance. FAA regulated flights around athletic venues with capacities of 30k and over, but makes no mention (I think) of smaller venues that I'm aware of.

The GHSA (Georgia High School Association) had in it's consultation and bylaws the following: "Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest."

I interpret that as regulating the actual schools from doing so or commissioning drone flight during a game and that, as a legal pilot, as long as I'm following FAA regulations, I am free to do it.

Does that sound right to you all?
Yeah, I would definitely say that this rule from the GHSA would prohibit drone flight during a game.
 
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Ahhhh. This question echo's that of rules / regulations of flying over National Parks or the land controlled by Army Corps of Engineers.

Remember, the FAA controls the NAS (National Airspace.System). Other entities control only their own property. You generally can fly over a National Park, you just can't takeoff or land on it or control from there.

The same would seem to apply to the GHSA. They have their rules for their property. Not the airspace above. The full wording of this rule is "Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest. Note: This prohibition begins when the gates or doors open and extends until the last spectator has left the field or arena", from document https://www.ghsa.net/sites/default/files/documents/Constitution/Constitution2018-19Completecx10.pdf

Note: The original rule was proposed to be " Drones shall not be permitted to fly during any GHSA sanctioned contest in the event that contest officials determine it to be a safety concern for participants and/or spectators, or a detriment to the administration of the contest. (GHSA Office)" But that didn't fly .

That said, bear in mind other local / city / state / rules. Such as disturbing the peace or causing a nuisance. We see more and more people these days expressing fear and distrust and calling out LEO's about such things (even though no law has been broken) that it wouldn't surprise me if the football game was paused if a drone was sighted buzzing around until it landed and/or the operator was found and questioned.

While such laws in that category might not be easily convictable, if you are cited, can lead to great aggravation. Other local / city / state / rules may prohibit TO / Landing / Operating on school grounds or other public or non-privately owned areas.

In cases like this, you have to ask your self, is it worth the hassle?
 

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