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Burning Man Drone Summit Sets Guidelines For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Seriously)

08/21/2013 09:04 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2013
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But when Burning Man holds a "Drone Summit," we know the drone craze has gone overboard.

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Responding to concerns about drone-mounted video cameras disrupting participants at the 2012 festival, Burning Man organizers hosted a summit and released a set of guidelines.

"You may have noticed a proliferation of drones (those zippy little helicopter gizmos) humming around the skies of Black Rock City in recent years," wrote organizers in a release. "Well, now that there's so many of them, let's make sure we're all droning safely and in a coordinated way to avoid any mishaps, shall we?"

Organizers then released a set of best practices modeled after safety guidelines developed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Though the complete list is extensive, here are a few highlights:

• All UAVs carrying cameras will register with Media Mecca and each UAV will carry a unique registration number on a small decal on the vehicle.

• Operators will avoid flying over crowds and populated areas.

• Operators will avoid flying during the Temple burn.

• No flying near the Black Rock City airport or helipads.

• No flying near the Man any time Saturday the day of the burn.

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