An FPV pilot dives the Empire State Building in New York City, creating a stunning video in the process. However, many pilots will question if this drone flight was at all legal…
FPV pilot dives Empire State Building in New York City
New York City, especially Manhattan, is a sight to see. Numerous tourists flock to the Empire State Building every year to see the iconic building and incredible views from the rooftop deck. This year, we all get to experience the view from the rooftop deck in a whole new way.
One FPV pilot literally flew from street level to the top of the Empire State Building and back down again, right in midtown Manhattan.
After showing this recent drone video of FPV Pilot M. Matos to a few of my drone friends, the responses have been mixed. Some pilots love the perspective of the video and how it showcases the iconic building. Other pilots have become outright aggressive and angry when they watch the stunt.
Upset or awestruck after watching him dive the Empire State Building?
Part 107 pilots know how hard, if not impossible, it is to legally fly a drone in Manhattan. Drone pilots are wondering if the pilot received special authorization to fly, or if the video is further evidence of rogue drone pilots.
While it may be possible the drone pilot acquired authorization to fly, commercial pilots doubt the authorities would grant this type of flight. Will this drone pilot face any consequences if the flight was indeed illegal? New York has some of the most strict airspace in the entire country. And, New York City even has a decades-old law prohibiting any aircraft, including drones to take of and land anywhere within the city limits. Just ask George Steinmetz, he knows.
What do you think about this video in which an FPV pilot dives the Empire State Building in NYC? Let us know in the comments below.
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