FAA Approves Commercial UAS for Movie and Television Production
TMTindustryinsider.com reports that nn a historic decision, the FAA today approved the request of six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems to support their filming operations. In its decision, announced this afternoon, the FAA addressed certain rules and requirements from which the companies are exempted and procedures that the companies must follow.
In May, Aerial Mob, Astraeus Aerial Cinema Systems, Flying-Cam Aerial Systems, Heli Video Productions, PictorVision, Snaproll Media and Vortex Aerial petitioned the FAA under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Section 333 (Special Rules for Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for exemption from the FAA’s current no-fly restriction on the commercial use of UAS. Section 333 provides the FAA the flexibility to expedite operational authorization of certain UAS before completion of small UAS rulemaking, expected to be out for comment later this year, upon consideration of such factors as the UAS’s size, weight, speed, proximity to airports and populated areas, and operation within visual line of sight.