The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been in limbo for years over the use of drone technology. Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), offer both government entities, video production professionals, and hobbyists the opportunity to use aerial video footage and photography. Recently they have installed some new guidelines that production teams now have to follow… pilots license, 333 exemption, drone registration… what’s next?
In 2012, the FAA fined a camera operator in Virginia $10,000 for flying a UAS over the University of Virginia for a promotional video.
The FAA fined the photographer for reckless flying, however in 2014 a judge ruled that the FAA was out of line. The judge determined that the administration did not have authority over small unmanned aircrafts, the FAA filed an appeal shortly after the ruling.
Recently NPR published an article on new regulations drafted by the FAA for the use of UAS in light of the recent Virginia ruling. Under new proposed regulations, drones being flown would have to meet the following parameters:
- Drones can weigh no more than 55 lbs
- They are limited to flying no faster than 100 mph
- They cannot exceed an altitude of 500 feet.
The FAA will also require operators of drones for commercial purposes to acquire a special pilot certification to operate them. These regulations are still under discussion are awaiting public comment and revision before being officially adopted.
All in all, this is a step forward for drone technology and it clears the way for increased use of aerial video footage and photography.
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