In the spirit of the writing rule that one should never tell when one can show, a reporter on Fox demonstrated that drones really aren’t all that dangerous in close quarters.
Dave Mosher from Popular Science was on FOX & Friends last week to talk about the latest news on drones, and while he was there he gave an impromptu demo on how not to fly a drone in enclosed spaces.
After talking briefly about the use of drones and the FAA’s recent actions regarding licensing requirements for certain drone operations, he activated the Phantom 2 drone shown in the photo and proceeded to try to kill one of the cameramen.
Alas, his efforts came to naught when the cameraman was able to spring aside at the last minute, thus proving that drones aren’t as dangerous as one might think – just so long as you have a heavy piece of equipment to duck behind, or perhaps a heavy stick to swing at the drone.
You can see the incident in the video below:
Snarking aside, this was a pretty stupid thing for him to do. Even leaving aside the fact that there was enough background radio noise which could have caused him to loose control of the drone, the four blades on the drone were spinning fast enough that they could have impacted hard enough to require stitches.
He might as well have been waving a chain saw around on the end of a rope, for all the sense he showed in this clip.