Don’t be that Guy! – The Irresponsible Drone Antics of Ken Heron

In a digital era where content is king, the quest for views and clicks can sometimes overshadow ethical considerations. This seems to be the case with Ken Heron, a well-known drone enthusiast and content creator, whose latest YouTube escapade has sparked significant backlash within the drone community.

Ken Dono, better known as Originaldobo, has publicly criticized Heron's actions, emphasizing the negative impact of such behavior on the public's perception of drone flying.

Heron's latest video, which we have chosen not to link to as a stance against irresponsible drone usage, reportedly showcases him using a drone to harass unsuspecting individuals.

This act, described by Dono as the “lowest hanging fruit” of content creation, not only breaches the unspoken ethical code among drone enthusiasts but also flirts dangerously close to boundaries set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Original Dobo, a respected figure in the drone community known for his colorful and insightful commentary, has expressed his disappointment and concern over Heron's actions.

In his critique, Dono highlights the potential harm such videos can do to the public image of drone flying, an activity already scrutinized for privacy and safety concerns.

He stresses that drone operation should be conducted with respect for others' privacy and safety, a sentiment echoed across responsible drone communities.

Irresponsible Drone Antics Hurt Drone Hobby

Moreover, Dono points out the selfish nature of Heron's actions. By prioritizing views and ad revenue over community respect and ethical standards, Heron not only puts his reputation at risk but also potentially damages the broader perception of drone enthusiasts.

Dono's decision to distance himself from Heron, including refusing to appear on Heron's show, speaks volumes about his commitment to maintaining ethical standards in drone usage.

The episode also raises questions about the responsibility of content creators in shaping public opinion. In a field as sensitive and evolving as , the actions of a few can significantly impact the many.

Heron's approach, as critiqued by Dono, reflects a disregard for the broader implications of his content, choosing sensationalism over responsible representation.

Original Dobo's condemnation of Ken Heron's irresponsible drone antics serves as a crucial reminder of the responsibilities that come with the power of content creation. It's a call to all drone enthusiasts and content creators to prioritize ethical practices and respect for the public.

As drone technology becomes increasingly integrated into our daily lives, it is imperative that those who showcase its capabilities do so with a sense of responsibility and respect for the community and the public at large. “Don't be that guy,” indeed – a mantra that should resonate with anyone behind the controls of a drone.

DroneXL's Take

Needless to say, we side strongly with Ken Dono on this issue (be sure to check out his Etsy store if you do too). Don't harass people with your drone! Please fly your drone safely and responsibly, and when you can, educate people on how flying drones can be fun and even save lives.

If you're not sure about the dos and don'ts when it comes to flying drones, read this article from the about the drone rules you need to follow in 2024.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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9 Comments

  1. I think I’ve watched almost everything Mr. Heron has put out. It’s usually fun and informative. I spent the day with him and a group of great drone enthusiasts at one of the after-Christmas gatherings here in New Jersey. However, I got 30 seconds into that video and couldn’t watch any more. It was beyond cringe-worthy.

  2. Great reporting /roll eyes , good thing the author didn’t actually interview or even get Ken Herron’s side to this video. And with all the links to Ken Dobo’s stuff, one can only assume the author is a close to Ken Dobo or maybe he’s sponsoring the video /shrug

    • Clearly even Ken Heron agrees because he took the video offline for the general public. Furthermore, the video leaves very little to discuss as is evidenced by all the disapproving comments it received on Heron’s channel, Dobo’s channel, and all the DroneXL social media. Ken is not sponsoring this video. I first met him at the launch of the Mavic 2 in Brooklyn and have come to know him and like his videos. Ken Heron on the other hand I have stopped following years ago as I lost interest in his style of videos. Lastly, I you cared so much about ‘great reporting’ you would spell his last name correctly. Godspeed to you Goodspeed! 👍

      • Yet I’m not a report or any type of journalist, typos happen /shrug

        Assumptions of others actions is not evidence of their thoughts/beliefs…I don’t agree with the videos methods, but I also think the Internet is over reacting a bit

        Kestelo to you Kesteloo!👍

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