Medicine Hat College (MHC) will be utilizing a remotely
piloted aircraft system (RPAS) to present the Rattlers first match at the CCAA
Women’s Soccer National Championship on November 5, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. This
leading-edge technology will provide a new perspective to the game.
“It’s an opportunity to add something new and fresh to our
sports coverage. We’re hoping this becomes a best practice that other
institutions can use when presenting sporting games,” says Mark Keller,
director of college advancement.
The RPAS is a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus, quad copter that weighs 1.16
Keller explains that in the weeks leading up to the championship, staff at MHC
completed a course with the Canadian Center for Unnamed Vehicle Systems (CCUVS),
a Medicine Hat-based company, and received a Special Flight Operations
Certificate from Transport Canada.
“This is a first for the college, we have ensured that we
are doing everything legally as well as safely and are learning a lot about
this technology; we are hoping to continue to partner with CCUVS,” says Keller.
When asked if the RPAS would be utilized by the college in
the future, Keller explains that they see many applications where the RPAS
could create learning and business opportunities.
Photos and live footage from the RPAS will be integrated
into the championship coverage.
To see the RPAS in action come watch the MHC Rattlers women’s
soccer team play against the Vancouver Island University Mariners at the
Methanex Bowl at 5:30 p.m. The full schedule and results can viewed online at: www.ccaa.ca.
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