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The New FAA Part 107 Drone/UAS/UAV RULE — What Changed?

  • September 14, 2016
Dji Inspire 1 Drone Tav For Commercial Real Estate Videography

In August, the FAA adjusted their rules and regulations for UAV operators operating their drones for commercial purposes (see our discussion of those rules here). Many have thought the FAA's existing rules for professional aerial videography were confusing and excessive, specifically the requirement than a drone operator was a certified Part 61 pilot, as in for airplanes. It seems the FAA has recognized the immense interest in and application of UAVs, so kudos to them for making some changes. In fact, CNN recently reported that they are in the works with manufactures to create a drone suitable for live new broadcasting. Between that news and Amazon's well-known interest in using drones as a delivery services, the opportunities for commercial drone operation are bound to only increase.…

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The FAA UAV/Drone Rules and Regulations Explained

  • May 2, 2016
Jonathan Gruber Of Elite Air Productions

In January 2013, the Chinese company DJI released an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) they called the Phantom 1 that was equipped with a GoPro camera and along with it launched a movement: For the first time filmmakers had the ability to capture aerial video for an affordable price. The production value aerial video can add to a production is massive so it is no surprise that inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles like the Phantom series have become all the rage in the last few years. Here at Z-Channel Films we have used aerial videography is a few of our productions. For the documentary feature film we produced for DirecTV, “Jobs for G.I.s,” we integrated aerial video of Los Angeles captured with a DJI Phantom…

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  • March 17, 2016

We had the pleasure this month of creating a video for Transwestern, a commercial real estate broker with an office in Denver. Aerial drone videography is all the rage in the real estate video production and that is not without merit. Aerial videography provides a broker with the ability to show a property in whole and how it integrates within a neighborhood and its proximity to neighboring sites. With the increased demand in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, aka, drone) photography and video, a cottage industry of aerial drone operators has sprung up to take advantage of this opportunity and this new technology. Aerial drone operation has grown so quickly that the FAA has struggled to keep up and consequently many of the legal parameters of operating a…

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