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IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 HAWAÏ

LIVE DRONE RETRANSMISSION ON IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HAWAÏ

We went to Hawaii with our drones to broadcast live sports events. Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) give us a call to provide live transmission with our UAVs. We were in support and complementary helicopters, there were 17 cameras on this event that lasted more than 8 hours live. We mainly filmed the men’s and women’s swim starts and then all the transitions between swimming, cycling and running.

DRONE BROADCAST FOR NBC SPORTS

The drones are quite new in the re-transmission broadcast tv because the technique is developed recently. NBC Sports has called on ASO to provide their know-how on the production and directing of sports events, they toke all their crew formed their helicopter, motorcycle and drone teams, most of the technical team has a real experience and is already running on the Dakar and the Tour de France.

AUTHORIZATIONS OF OVERVIEW IN THE USA WITH THE FAA

When we knew about the project and ASO wanted to engage us, we learned about the legislation in force in the USA. Our French pilot TVs are not allowed to fly a commercial drone on American soil, the french licenses or theoretical ULM patent is not recognized by, the FAA they must pass an examination and this on the US territory in a specialized center. So impossible for us to bring in one of our pilots, we had to find an American or Canadian pilot with an FAA license. Once this casting was over, we looked at the FAA aeronautical charts of Hawaii and more precisely Kona where the Ironman was being held to make requests for overflight clearances. For this we had an official attestation from the organization that it mandated good freeway prod.

LOGISTICS AIR FREIGHT DRONE

It was then necessary to prepare the workflow for this event which was located 10000 km from Paris. We took 2 DJI Inspire 2 drones with 2 X5 and X7 cameras over the back-up because we were flying all day over the water. We had a limited number of batteries but enough to shoot continuously. The live started at 6:40 am and it ended around 4 pm. We did not encounter any problem on Air Freight because the batteries were transportable in the cabin, we have done all our tests transmission and update the day before the event to be ready at the start.

AERIAL SHOOTING AND COORDINATION HELICOPTERS

We were in contact with the American director who knew exactly what he wanted and when he needed the drone because the helicopters were on the run. We were in permanent contact with the helicopter pilots to inform them of our position, our altitudes and also the direction we were going to take. During the day the helicopters were mobilized on the race more in the land near the volcano, the participants went through the departure to make their transition and get their bikes, that’s when our take over the hélicoptères to give aerial images to the director of sports transitions.

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