SXSW Is a No-Drone Zone

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Austin declared a drone-free zone during SXSW.

The annual film-and-music bash’s “SXSW Interactive” tech conference announced late Wednesday a “strict no drones policy” — just hours before the Friday kickoff of the four-day event in Austin, Texas.“The airwaves and/or frequency spectrums generally used in the remote control of drones are too congested during the SXSW event to ensure operation safe from interference,” they said in a statement. Many drones use Wi-Fi frequencies for control and with tens of thousands of people due in Austin, Texas, for the digital-friendly event, the airwaves are expected to be full of signals. “Believe me, in the state of Texas folks don’t like drones, so if you operate one, we will get a call, you will be subject to confiscation or arrest,” he told local TV station KEYE-TV on Wednesday.

Private flight is governed under rules similar to those for model aircraft while the Federal Aviation Administration has banned commercial flight unless operators hold an exemption. No, the reason SXSW banned drones is more a matter of congestion than preference: there are simply too many devices all competing for the same radio waves.

Finding vegetarian or vegan food isn’t easy, so look out for the blue trailer selling ‘Rockin Vegan Tacos’.” “Anyone coming from the UK will be really surprised at the quality of the inexpensive Mexican food, which you can find everywhere. I have to look after my little girl for most of the week, so that’s probably where I’ll be!” “They’re not going to run out of beer, so don’t feel like you have to drink it all on the first day! I like the vibe of the place – it’s far enough out of the way that it can be pretty mellow, and it serves an amazing bowl of chili.” “Make sure you can swim before you jump in the river, because I almost drowned once. The best way to approach SXSW is to go with absolutely no plan – get in a rickshaw, go here, go there, just improvise your entire experience and I think you’ll have much more fun. We had a couple of shows the next day, which were a bit of a bust, and then we had to drive for 27 hours back to Toronto because we all had to work on Monday.

So there were things we never got to do that we want to do this year: there’s a really great natural swimming pool west of Austin [Hamilton Pool Preserve] that was created when the roof of an underground river collapsed. Yup, beery cheese.” Stasia: “Take your phone charger with you everywhere, or pick up a little charging stick and make sure that it’s fully charged at all times. A lot of people focus on the big Fader or Pitchfork shows, but if you wander around and go see some bands you’ve never heard of, you might stumble on something really cool.

One year we saw Wiz Khalifa before he blew up.” Stasia: “I don’t know the name of it, but there’s a family that have a barbecue truck right in front of [music venue] Red 7, it has really good brisket and sausage.”

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