Hollywood Gets Green Light for Using Drones on Set

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has recently announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies. Even though several restrictions will still be applied, the decision is quite the step in the Hollywood industry, which so far has been using helicopters to do the job.
Will this affect the movie industry? Of course it will.

Long story short, studios won’t need to hire helicopters to lift into the air and record the scenes, because drones will do that for a fraction of the cost, now on. Moreover, according to an FAA press release, the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be used in the proposed operations will not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness anymore. That is if they don't pose a threat to national airspace users or national security, of course.

However, the firms have to respect certain regulations. They will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the “sterile area” on the set. Drones will be inspected before each flight and are still prohibited to operate at night.

The companies facilitated with the exemptions are Vortex Aerial, Snaproll Media, HeliVideo Productions, Pictorvision, RC Pro Productions Consulting, Astraeus Aerial and Aerial MOB. However, as of today, the agency is considering 40 requests for exemptions from other commercial entities.

We’re still not sure it will change the quality of the shootings, but it’s pretty obvious it’s a great deal for Hollywood studios. Yuhuu.
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