Also the station doesnt have a chopper but within hours they were able to get a chopper and used the new Dejero-style tech to broadcast live pics back to the station. Simply amazing. Well done to everyone at KTVA.
I thought using cellular radio systems (GSM, CDMA, LTE etc.) from aircraft to terrestrial base-stations was prohibited (by the FCC in the US?) because it massively compromises the frequency re-use based nature of cellular systems?
I guess a low-flying chopper (lower than tall buildings) will not cause this issue - but I think it still remains legally tricky?
Apparently you're not even allowed to use a mobile phone in a hot-air balloon once it leaves the ground - balloons are specifically mentioned in the regs.
It's probably one of those rules that was brought in with an abundance of caution (and when mobiles had to blast more powerful signals around), and now no-one has much interest in getting rid of it. It's good for safety reasons, if nothing else.
It’s somerhing no one really follows in helicopters anymore. Aerial photojournalists are frequently posting pictures of them in the air, live streaming on Facebook and Periscope. One that frequently does it is KCBS’ Stu Mindel which is often shared on the CBS LA Facebook Page and his own account. Others use their cell phones to provide traffic updates to radio stations.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.