For drone pilots that pass an FAA test and receive Part 107 certification, the sky is truly the limit.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular. Filmmakers can now soar above the horizon and capture perspectives that humans rarely get to experience.
Secretary Chao announced in January that the U.S. Department of Transportation plans to implement new rules and regulations for commercial drone operators and hobbyist pilots. They also announced the development of the Pilot Project, an air traffic management system that specifically deals with drones, unlike the traditional FAA system. This will create a shared information network that gathers data for future policies and regulations. The goal of this initiative is to integrate drones into the national airspace system as safely as possible.
The proposed changes will attempt to balance the need to mitigate safety risks, without preventing operational and technological advances. For example, new regulations would allow Part 107 certified pilots to fly at night or above people without waivers, as long as certain conditions are permitted safe to fly in.
The FAA sought input from the public in order to identify safety and security issues. Drone pilots could provide the FAA with feedback up until April 15th, so it’s likely we will see these regulations being enforced soon.
Not sure if you need a drone for your film production needs? Talk to our team! They’re more than happy to help.