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DJI Inspire 1 Spotted at Golden Globes

BY Alan Perlman
20 January 2015

At the Golden Globes this year, Amazon and Netflix both won big…but so did the UAV industry!

Spotted over the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, a DJI Inspire 1 ($2,899) caught footage of celebrities and their guests. The Inspire includes carbon fiber arms and a 4K camera that can swivel 360 degrees.

uav drone at golden globes

As one might guess, the presence of DJI Global at the Golden Globes raised eyebrows from a number of regulatory-conscious drone enthusiasts. Last year, the FAA had approved Hollywood drone operations for just six companies specializing in aerial cinematography. Those six companies, cleared to operate commercially, are Snaproll Media LLC, Aerial MOB LLC, Flying Cam LLC, HeliVideo Productions LLC, Pictorvision, Inc., and RC Pro Productions Consulting LLC dba Vortex Aerial.

While DJI Global wasn’t on the official list, it didn’t really matter. “This is non-commercial work,” the company explained. “We are not being compensated to fly here.”

DJI Global commented that the drone was flown before the Golden Globes arrivals started, and that a person had run ahead of the UAV pilot crew to ensure the Inspire 1 was not flying directly over journalists or the construction crew.

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