Drones Banned From Hot Air Balloon Fiesta




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds of hot air balloons fill the sky just as the sun rises over the mountains bordering the city’s eastern edge. In the opposite direction, the view is just as awesome, with the wave of colorful orbs and special shapes standing out against the backdrop of a cottonwood forest and the Rio Grande.

There might not be a more perfect event to document with a drone than the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Too bad. Don’t even think about it.

Fiesta organizers on Thursday said no drones will be allowed within a four-mile radius of the launch field throughout the duration of the nine-day event. The entire area is covered by a temporary flight restriction approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more…

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