Originally Posted by RMBoater
The difference in looking at footage from gopro's and even other aerial shots on youtube is that this would be one consistently smooth shot from the put in to the takeout. I'm filming the river and not focused on boaters. Think of it as a aerial golf course tour. It doesn't give you every bit of detail but it's a hell of a lot better than looking at a gopro from a golf cart.
As far as altitude and being annoying is concerned, it would be filmed from a safe, low altitude that shows the river in the best way. The drone probably wouldn't even be heard over the river, and will literally be there for a few minutes and be gone, never to return. I'm not too worried about hurting anyone's feelings one time for ten minutes. Obviously we would try to film when it's not busy.
There are definitely runs that are too overgrown or walled in to use a drone, but a skilled pilot can fly inside a home. Getting to those locations and the amount of users is another question.
And herein is the crux of the public lands / public areas management problems. No one is respectful enough of other people that they don't care about hurting anyone's feelings for 10 minutes.
If you ride ATVs or dirt bikes, you're really only hurting hiker's feelings for a few minutes before you zip off. Jet-boaters only hurt rafter and kayaker feelings for a few minutes before they're gone. And on and on and on...
But it's why we're so galvanized among our specific user groups and interests, and fail to see the many dozens of other ways people recreate in public areas. Of course, we think our use is best and primary. So on the other hand, who cares about a drone flying out there? Seriously.
Honestly, 10 minutes of a drone flying over wouldn't bother me one iota. On the other hand, I'm kind of a d-ck and I'd probably try to hurl rocks at it, or shoot the damn thing from the air. Just because.