Summary of the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Drone monitoring data from October 6-14, 2018.

Terminology Used

  • Detection

    A "detection" is an instance in time where the sensor(s) locate a drone. This can include:    
         1) turning the drone on with no flight  
         2) a drone flying in and out of detection range    
         3) drone flying in and out of line of sight or    
         4) multiple sensors picking up the same drone in       flight

  • Flight

    Aerial Armor has additional analytics that groups similar detections based on time and distance apart into a single flight. This more accurately represents drone flight instances.

  • TFR

    Temporary Flight Restriction - a temporary region set by the FAA to restrict drones from flying. Can be time dependent.

Multiple Detections of One Drone

Event Summary - Total

Data represents entire detection region during the 9 day period.

Total Flights ------------------------------
272
Total Unique Drone ID's -------------
181
Max Altitude -----------------------------
1641ft
Total Flights Above 400ft ----------
53
Total Unique Drone ID's Above 400ft
45

NOTE: This represents ALL flights for the entire duration including hours that were outside of the TFR timeframe (legal flights as well).

Event Summary - TFR Region

Data represents TFR region only during the 9 day period from 5am - 12 noon and 6pm - 9pm.

Total Flights ------------------------------
46
Total Unique Drone ID's -------------
40
Max Altitude -----------------------------
969ft
Total Flights Above 400ft ----------
12
Total Unique Drone ID's Above 400ft
11

Flights Above 400ft

Within the TFR Region

NOTE: flights may not actually be above 400 feet AGL if the terrain rises up, mountains are underneath, etc. Max Altitude is based off of take-off location.

Flights Above 400ft

Total Detection Range

NOTE: flights may not actually be above 400 feet AGL if the terrain rises up, mountains are underneath, etc. Max Altitude is based off of take-off location.

Executive Summary

  • Data collected from Friday Oct. 5th - Sunday, Oct. 14th (event started ~5am on Saturday, Oct. 6th). Total deployment was 10 days vs. 9 days for the event.

  • Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) were in place every morning from 5:30am to Noon in addition to several evening events. The morning TFRwas a 4 mile radius around the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiestaproperty.

  • Total number of flights within the TFR were 46 based on 40 unique drones.Some of these TFR violations originated from off of the AIBF property.

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