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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.
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.
October 1, 2015
by Larry Jordan
Recently, the Digital Production Buzz interviewed two founders of a company that specializes in flying drones for videography. After watching the interview, Mike wrote to share some important information and clarifications on flying drones.
Current FAA rules stipulate that no drone can be flown within 5 miles of any airport, nor can they be flown inside any national park without a special permit; and this permit does not include state parks or national forests. Also, all flights must be kept below 500 feet.
July 14, 2014
(Thanks to Matt Nagy for posting)
Heads up for those who work on anything for broadcast… in 2016 the FCC will require Closed Captioning for web video for content that was previously aired over broadcast. It covers straight clips and montages of clips as well.
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action released Friday July 11, 2014.
FCC MOVES TO ENSURE ONLINE VIDEO CLIPS ARE
ACCESSIBLE TO AMERICANS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that will
require closed captioning of video clips that are posted online. The new rules further the purpose of the
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) by helping to
ensure equal access to all forms of programming by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing when
they watch video content online.
Specifically, the rules extend the Commission’s IP closed captioning rules adopted in 2012, which cover
full-length videos online, to video clips if the original programming was shown on television in the
United States with captions. The new rules apply to video programming distributors that air
programming – including broadcasters and cable and satellite distributors— on television and then post
clips of that programming on their own website or via their own mobile app.
The new rules do not extend to third party websites or apps.
Compliance deadlines vary based on the type of video clip.
To read the statement in detail and how this affects you, click here.
For further information, contact Diana Sokolow (202-418-2120; firstname.lastname@example.org). Press contact:
Janice Wise (202-418-8165; email@example.com).
For news and information about the FCC, please visit: www.fcc.gov
June 4, 2014
After putting money behind the push for revamped commercial drone laws, Hollywood is officially petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to let filmmakers fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before final rules are put in place. Seven aerial production companies have requested an exemption from flight regulations, pilot licensing requirements, and airworthiness certification rules, none of which have been finalized. FAA rules allow the agency to grant exemptions for “narrowly-defined, controlled, low-risk situations,” and film and video companies hope that includes using low-cost drones for shots that would otherwise require a helicopter.
“Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer the motion picture and television industry an innovative and safer option for filming,” says Neil Fried of the MPAA, which facilitated the petition. “This new tool for storytellers will allow for creative and exciting aerial shots, and is the latest in a myriad of new technologies being used by our industry to further enhance the viewer experience.” In order to actually get the exemptions, however, the companies must prove that their plan would benefit the public good, and that it would not create unsafe conditions. If the FAA approves those exemptions, it will still need to approve individual operations.
Currently, public-sector groups like police, fire departments, or government agencies can obtain exemptions to operate UAVs. According to an FAA release, agricultural groups, power line and pipeline inspectors, and oil and gas flare inspectors have also approached the agency about exemptions and are considering their own petitions. Small drones are already common video tools, but they hover in uncertain legal territory. Private hobbyists are generally allowed to fly them under 400 feet outside populated areas, but the FAA hasn’t created robust regulations for for-profit flights, though Congress has ordered it to do so by 2015. Until then, commercial drone flight is officially banned, with a court case that could legalize it stuck in appeals. In late May, a real estate photographer who uses UAVs to shoot houses received a notice from the FAA advising him that there was no legal framework for his business.
If this exemption is granted, it’s extremely unlikely you’d see Hollywood drones filming a busy street scene in Manhattan, but they could be used as cheaper and arguably safer alternatives to traditional aerial photography on controlled sets. While there’s no timeline for when the FAA will consider a petition, it faces mounting pressure to make commercial UAV flight easier — alongside the film industry, Amazon is reportedly pushing for a way to fly its delivery drones to customers. A number of news media companies, including The New York Times Company and the Associated Press, also oppose the current ban on First Amendment grounds.