Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers are tackling the issue of unmanned aircraft safety.
The team recently became the first professional sports franchise to record a video reminding fans – and everyone else – to abide by the laws covering personal drone use.
The video, which will be featured on the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium scoreboard once during each home game, features Defensive Safety Eric Reid asking people to fly their unmanned aircraft safely. Reid stresses no one should ever fly over stadiums, over people, or near airplanes and airports. He makes a special plea never to fly drones near wildfires – a serious issue in drought-stricken California.
The video also refers viewers to the knowbeforeyoufly.org website for further information and guidance on flying unmanned aircraft safely and responsibly. The FAA has partnered with leading unmanned aircraft industry and hobbyist groups, in the Know Before You Fly education campaign, and the campaign materials are now featured in product packaging for several types of UAS.