Boulder drone video both stunning and illegal

9NEWS at 6 p.m. 9/9/16.

BOULDER - A Boulder native paid tribute to his hometown with a stunning video capturing the city's beauty from above.

Kjell Redal and his sister spent six days flying Redal's drone over some of Boulder's most popular destinations: Pearl Street, University of Colorado-Boulder and US-36 to name a few. Redal says seeing the Flatirons at sunrise in particular made a memorable impression.

ABOVE BOULDER - 4K Drone Film from Kjell Redal on Vimeo.

"I also wanted to showcase all the different sports and outdoor activities people do," Redal said.

He figured the video would get a few shares from his friends on Facebook. It's easy to see why it's taken off online, with tens of thousands of views on Vimeo in three days.

Redal's video is as captivating as it is illegal. Unbeknownst to him at the time, Redal broke rules just about everywhere he flew.

A spokesman for CU Boulder says drones cannot fly over campus unless the pilot has permission as part of a university-sanctioned event. The city of Boulder and county both have policies prohibiting pilots from operating or launching drones on city and county-owned spaces.

Spokespeople for the city and county say drone pilots should familiarize themselves with FAA regulations and local ordinances before they fly. 

As the Boulder Daily Camera's article on the topic points out, federal and local rules get complicated as they overlap. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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