Opinion | Drones at Universities

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College campuses are instituting much stricter rules regarding droning on college campuses. Although a lot of the campuses are inside of the DJI geofence, accidents and dangerous flying have created a wave of what seems to be extra caution regarding the flying on university grounds.

College campuses are a great place to fly drones, especially with your friends. In videos such as this one here, a  fraternity party at Ole Miss is displayed at a wide variety of new angles. Shots like these are quite appealing to college students, and actually open up new artistic approaches to documenting the collegiate social sphere, apart from the usual Instagram posts and Snapchat stories.

On that topic, the increase in the capabilities of smartphones is making high-quality documentation easily accessible to basically everybody. This has had a drastic effect on the number of content creators that exist now in comparison to previous years. Although drones are primarily used for more serious creators, DJI’s Spark and Mavic can make flying very simple, and even a beginner could combine simple drone shots with some slow-mo ground footage to make something respectable.

The problem with flying on campuses is the liability. Drones, if flown incorrectly, can pose threats to buildings, people, and more. Because of this, it makes sense that colleges would want to restrict free flight. Students who are, for example, under the influence and are piloting through the skies should not be in control of a drone in the first place, so regulations make sense. However, it would be significantly better if there were lighter rules, that, say, allowed flight if you obtain permission, but as of now, it seems as though colleges are acting stricter than that. Make sure that you check your college’s rules before flying so that you can avoid any consequences.

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Last modified: September 18, 2017

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