Industries & Festivals — September 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm

FAA gives “green light” to use drones on movie sets

drone-3Last year numerous reports said the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was lobbying for a permission to legally use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) to be used for shooting films.

Using unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes was banned since 2007, but it seems like the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has decided to make some exceptions to the rule.

Responding to a request for a waiver filed earlier this year by the companies, on Sept. 25, FAA said it has given certain exemptions that would for the first time allow six aerial photo and video production companies to use “unmanned aircraft systems,” otherwise known as drones.

The FAA approved waiver requests from Astraeus Aerial, Aerial MOB, HeliVideo Productions, Pictorvision Inc., RC Pro Productions Consulting, and Snaproll Media. The FAA also said it is considering 40 requests for exemptions from other commercial entities.

The decision is the first step in allowing the film and television industry to use drones, according to a statement from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Foxx also determined that drones used for such operations do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness based on a finding they do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.

Drones are allowed in other countries and have been used in such films as the James Bond movie “Skyfall” and this summer’s release, “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

The decision should be welcomed by the entertainment industry and the Motion Picture Association of America, which said such a move would allow for more nimble filmmaking and minimize the use of helicopters, which can be dangerous.

BZFilm has covered this topic in 2013, interviewing several experts in the field, as well as manufacturers of unmanned aircrafts, regarding the use of drones on the film set, necessary requirements and so on. Read the full story here.

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