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Operation of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) comes under the general jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration, and there may be additional state and local rules that apply. The UAS pilot is responsible for knowing, understanding and following ALL those rules. Among those rules is a requirement to register your drone if it weighs over about half a pound (0.55 to be exact), a minimum age requirement (13) to fly it unsupervised, and a list of areas where it’s not legal to fly your drone, or at least not without some prior coordination with an airport or air traffic control facility.
If you plan to use a drone for business (like aerial photography or roof inspection) there are additional rules. The UAS field is expanding much, much faster than anyone really expected, so the rules in some cases are still being developed. This makes it a bit confusing for a new UAS pilot to learn all the things he or she needs to know, but there are some excellent resources online that have pulled a lot of the information together. Of course, you can do a lot of research on your own at www.faa.gov/, but one of the best places to find a whole bunch of information in one spot is www.knowbeforeyoufly.org.
There is also a smartphone app called B4UFLY available for iPhone and Android. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but has a lot of basic helpful information, including the capability to tell you if you’re in an area where flight is prohibited, allowed with some restrictions, or you’re just good to go. If you’re flying strictly for fun, a UAS is considered a model aircraft, and the Academy of Model Aircraft has a very good set of safety guidelines that is worth a look. You can find them at www.modelaircraft.org/files/105.pdf.
The bottom line is that your new acquisition is not a toy; it’s got the capability to do some serious damage to people and property if it isn’t operated thoughtfully and safely. Flying is a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of responsibility too. Know the rules, follow the rules, and enjoy your new UAS safely.
Is this a new GoPro must-have accessory, or a future dud? AER lets you shoot aerial photos and videos, simply by throwing your GoPro®! Compatible with GoPro® HERO 3+, 4 and 5.
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The team is crowdfunding now on Kickstarter and expects to deliver its first units by January. Check it out to see for yourself.
Part 107, the latest in legislative FAA goodness and the requirements for commercial drone use in the U.S., was released June 21, 2016. This is the big jump we all have been waiting for as it relates to the UAS community, and it makes the lives of those wanting to get into commercial drone work a little easier.
For those that fly for recreation, you can stop reading now and go and play. Nothing here for you.
Here is a quick sum up of what the FAA put out:
What you must do
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final Small UAS Rule this morning. The press release is available at: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=20515.
Please note that all provisions of the Rule, including all pilot requirements and operating rules, will be effective in August 2016, 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register.
Details about the rule are available on the FAA’s UAS website.
As exciting as drones are proving for both hobbyists and commercial filmmakers, local and federal governments in the United States are continuously enacting legislation that governs the use of drones for shooting video.
Filmmakers and video production professionals need to pay particular attention to the rules because the FAA requires anyone using drones for commercial purposes to get special permission to do so.
Have a look at the infographic below for an overview of the rules you need to know. This isn’t meant to be legal advice, just a heads-up for all the little details you must take into account when shooting commercial footage with your drone:
by Spencer Knuttila, Digital Anarchy
One common problem when shooting video with a drone is flicker caused by prop shadows. The Flicker Free plugin is commonly used to deal with this problem and this tutorial goes over how to do it. It discusses the correct settings within the plugin and the two step process usually necessary to deal with drone prop flicker.
Download the free demo at: http://digitalanarchy.com/Flicker/mai…
Download projects and test footage at: http://digitalanarchy.com/Flicker/tut…
This tutorial is done Premiere but the concept should apply to any host app: After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Resolve, etc.
On a related topic, if you want to actually remove the shadow cast by your done onto the ground, checkout this simple video…
January 11, 2016
Back in December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its official registration rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the United States. It’s important that you register yourself as a user before you embark on your first flight.
The process takes about 5 minutes. Just create an account, fill out your profile, review the FAA safety guidelines, and boom — you’re officially equipped to recreationally operate a flying camera in the wild! You do not have to have your (drone) Camera in hand to register.
Until January 20th, 2016 you can register free of charge. After January 20th, all registrants may be subject to a $5 fee. That’s the equivalent of one fancy coffee you’d be missing out on.
You need to register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg)
You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register a drone and do not register.
This registration site will allow you to register your UAS with the FAA
December 23, 2015
Learn why you need to resister your drone with the FAA in order to fly in the United States. This covers policies that affect hobbyist and commercial flyers.
If you fly a drone, quadcopter, model airplane, or UAS in the United States airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to register your device. These new regulations went into effect on December 21, 2015. While the process of restoring takes less than 5 minutes, there are a lot of hidden details buried within the numerous government documents about UAS registration.