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Flying above hospital

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sawdog, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. sawdog

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    I work for an architectural office and a client asked us to film work at their hospital. I am thinking that if I did it I would look at doing it on a weekend morning when its a bit quiet but I am wondering about the medical equipment and possible interference. Most of its shielded in inside but there is a huge amount of different eq in a hospital.

    Also I have not done much urban filming what else should I keep in mind if I decide to go ahead with it? I would be escorted but campus security and campus PM.

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    I wouldn't worry about the medical equipment etc but I would worry if they have a medi-vac helipad there. If so that is an Airport in a matter of minutes and you don't want any part of that. If something goes wrong you'll be a national spotlight and not in a good way.

    If they DO have a medi-vac you'll need to coordinate with communications and anyone who can make sure everyone is behaving in a safe manner.
     
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    Thanks BigA107. It does not have a Helipad.
     
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    I work in a Hospital and BigA is right. There shouldn't be much interference that you would not have from any other large building. With the exception of the radios used for ED's, everything else is very short range. You would need to do your compass calibration away from the building or other structures. The glass used in our windows would more than likely survive better than the a UAV that hits them but care would be needed. A spotter inside the building would be ideal.
     
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    Unless the hospital has a maglev train or super collider particle accelerator in it, you should be fine.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback.
    There is another site that is within 1 mile of an airport... and it has a med evac heli pad... Is that out of the question? Is there an approach or if approval was granted that could be made to work? Or is that just one to walk away from?

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    That's a tough call. It "can" be done and can be done safely but you'll need to get the proper permissions and have contact radio comm just in case the helipad goes HOT.

    In terms of approach.. yes and no. They have somewhat standard approaches but it all depends on where the heli is approaching from. The area you're talking about may or may not be in a direct path.
     
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    Ok - assuming I could navigate that what about the neighboring airport? Its within 1 mile private/county airport.
     
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    Within 1 mile is a whole other ball game... if it were farther away (closer to 5 mile) I would say just notify the airport and be done. But at 1 mile you really want to make sure you're bases are covered. I'd actually "ask for permission" and state where, when, and how high you'll be flying. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    Our MRI throws our drones in a loop sometimes.
     
  12. GoodnNuff

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    Your MRI is shielded, and outside of (MRI Safety) Zone 1 you will have less than 5 Gauss interference. So unless you are flying a drone inside the building, next to the MRI, the magnet will not affect your drone.
     
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    First....the MRI isn't inside the building... o wait.... it's you.... (throw logic out the window.... change course) you are correct.... it's the blackbirds.
     
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    You have an outdoor MRI at your hospital? Not in Washington State.

    You scan elephants?

    So the OP is talking about filming a hospital and what he should be concerned with. And you pop in and say that "your MRI throws your drones in a loop sometimes" as though flying over a hospital with an MRI could affect his drone. It won't. At all. Period.
    But now when questioned, you say that your MRI isn't inside the building....
    So, your comment was pointless to begin with since we are talking about flying over hospitals and not some open air MRI scanner which you fly your drones over and they are sometimes sent into a loop?
    And I'm the one with logic issues? <snicker>
    Glad we solved that...
     
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  15. Bryce

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    You need to get out more if you haven't seen an MRI that is not enclosed within a building... but alas.... you should quit following me around the internet. I'm beginning to think you are...well,,, there is nothing wrong with that..... you want to talk dicom or something? not sure what you are begging for.

    And yes... our MRI throws my drones in a loop sometimes... but 'special poster' following me around again like a child .... (hint, hint... please moderators) ..... not sure what I can say....