How FOX Sports will use drones at the U.S. Open, and why the FAA is watching – GeekWire
Drones are coming to the U.S. Open.
Those watching FOX Sports’ coverage of golf’s major championship at Chambers Bay later this month will enjoy some sweet aerial footage thanks to an Austin-based company called HeliVideo.
As noted by TVTechnology, HeliVideo will bring a four-man team to Tacoma and more than $1 million in equipment — including the DJI Spreading Wings 1000 drone — to help capture the view from above.
“This is the Super Bowl of golf,” HeliVideo founder Eric Austin told GeekWire. “We’ve done some work with FOX for other golf tournaments, but not at this level.”
Austin and his crew will arrive in Tacoma next week with plans to capture tee-to-green overview shots, along with live shots utilizing a radio frequency that will allow FOX Sports to intercut drone footage into the broadcast. An authorized, licensed pilot will fly the drones, while a visual observer will keep tabs on the devices at all times.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED / By Taylor Soper /www.geekwire.com / Saturday June 6, 2015