Everyone knows Champs-Elysees, which a very famous attraction in Paris. This day, it became the grounds to drone racing, performances and demonstrations of these high-tech flying machines on the Paris Drone Festival. In addition of promoting science and technology, the festival is also aimed to educate the public on flying drones safely.
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The Paris drone festival is held on the 4th of September this year on an afternoon which included a race and demonstrations of the devices. There are eight drone amateurs who competed in the drone racing over the Champs-Elysees, which consists multi-channel obstacle course with eleven arches through.
With a large screen set up for visitors and viewers all over Champs-Elysees, everyone was able to watch the drone racing live. Amimon, the famous HD wireless video broadcasting, with their Connex ProSight, was responsible for the live footages of the race.
16-year-old British drone racing champion, Luke Bannister, thinks this festival is a really rare moment for him to make public awareness about drones. While Germany drone racer Julia Muller took this opportunity to show the public what purposes can drones serve to the society.
“It’s really magical to be at a site like the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous places in the world,” Dunkan Bossian, one of the eight pilots who participated in the drone racing event, aged 19, said.
Raising public awareness about drone safety
Why would Paris close down their roads entirely for the occasion? In a daily basis, some sections of Champs-Elysees will become a pedestrian area on every first Sunday of each month, but this month, all the roads and sections are transformed into a 140 meters long range for those remote-controlled devices. What do you think encourages the government to organise this festival?
The festival was more to promoting drone safety, teaching the public of drone regulations and how to handle them properly, than any other reasons. Officials warn the public that drone is not a toy, not something you play in the park just for the like of others, but there is a need for strict regulations and control over them.
Last year 2015, Paris suffered a great loss due to terrorist attacks and therefore inspired the government to use drones to help maintain law and order of the country. Flying drones in the city of Paris is strictly prohibited, unless special permission is granted. The Paris City Hall is slightly giving a relaxed day to drone owners when the authorities announced the opening of two parks specially for drone flying, which includes the Bois de Boulogne in western and northern parts of the Parc de la Villette. The parks will be active on 18th September this year and drones are only allowed on Sundays.
Check out the video during the Paris Drone Festival: