Information for H. F. No. 1620 2013 – 2014 Regular Session
Short Description: Law enforcement agency prohibited from using drones to gather evidence or other information, drone use by persons prohibited, and federal agency drone use within the boundaries of Minnesota prohibited.
Charles Eide is pictured below giving testimony in opposition to the proposed bill that would make taking any photos using unmanned aerial vehicles without written consent from all parties a felony. Several public testimonies were heard along with input from most of the committee members who mainly had questions about the complexity of the issue. FLYSAFE’s official stance on the issue revolves around protecting the commercial application of UAV (Drone) technology in the marketplace while maintaining personal privacy. This evolving technology has a wide array of benefits to offer along with a sizable economic impact for positive local job growth. The hearing for this bill ended with the Chairman and Committee deciding to “lay over” the bill, meaning it is being delayed for further discussion and needs clarification. This is a good step and small victory for FLYSAFE as it continues to protect and guide the defining legal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, drones and every other term given to this technology. Stay tuned for more information as this continues to develop.
Here is a breaking story regarding the ruling of a federal judge on the legality of the commercial use of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles and other unmanned aerial systems. This decision means a lot for the current FLYSAFE graduates, positioning them to take advantage of the new opportunity immediately. Additionally, it shows a great deal of promise for future FLYSAFE certified graduates, the timing couldn’t be better!
Commercial Drones Are Completely Legal, a Federal Judge Ruled
March 6, 2014 // 06:51 PM EST
For the moment, commercial drones are, unequivocally, legal in American skies after a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against it.
The judge dismissed the FAA’s case against Raphael Pirker, the first (and only) person the agency has tried to fine for flying a drone commercially. The agency has repeatedly claimed that flying a drone for commercial purposes is illegal and has said that there’s “no gray area” in the law. The latter now appears to be true, but it hasn’t gone the way the FAA would have hoped. Patrick Geraghty, a judge with the National Transportation Safety Board, ruled that there are no laws against flying a drone commercially.
The FAA attempted to fine the 29-year-old Pirker $10,000 after he used a drone to film a commercial at the University of Virginia. Pirker and his lawyer, Brendan Schulman, fought the case, saying that the FAA has never regulated model aircraft and that it’s entire basis for making them “illegal,” a 2007 policy notice, was not legally binding. The FAA has never undertaken the required public notice necessary to make an official regulation.
Geraghty agreed: The FAA “has not issued an enforceable Federal Acquisition Regulation regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation; has historically exempted model aircraft from the statutory FAR definitions of ‘aircraft’ by relegating model aircraft operations to voluntary compliance with the guidance expressed in [the 2007 policy notice], Respondent’s model aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation and enforcement.”
What this means, at least for now, is that you can go fly your drone and charge whatever the hell you want to do it. Beer delivery drones are legal, and so is everything else. It also means that all those companies that have been harassed by the FAA have, at least for the moment, nothing to worry about. The FAA could potentially try to establish an emergency rule, but it’s unclear how long that will take or whether they’ll do it. The FAA did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Congratulations to the HoverCam team for winning an Oscar in the Scientific & Technical category in last night’s 2013 Oscars! We had the privilege of meeting these guys last year at 2013 NAB Show when they were displaying this technology and the shooting they had just completed for a couple of major films.
To Gifford Hooper and Philip George of HoverCam for the continuing development of the Helicam miniature helicopter camera system.
The current Helicam system is a high-speed, extremely maneuverable, turbine-engine, radio-controlled miniature helicopter that supports professional film and digital cinema cameras. Helicam provides a wide range of stabilized, remotely operated pan, tilt and roll capabilities, achieving shots impossible for full-size helicopters.
If you are interested in learning more about Radio Controlled Aerial Photography, visit www.FlySafeTraining.org
FLYSAFE has just announced their next 2014 Aerial Photography Safety and Training Workshop to be held May 2nd-4th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have been huge fans of this for people of all skill and knowledge levels interested in radio controlled aerial photography and cinematography. This is the place to take it to the next level for yourself. The workshop is a hands-on rigorous 3 day course that includes classroom work, simulator practice, a written exam and a live flight exam. Attendees who pass the written and the flight exam leave with two certificates of completion. The weekend includes special segments from industry experts, product giveaways and live flight demonstrations of helicopters, multi-rotors and fixed wing aircraft. Hope to see you all there! www.FlySafeTraining.org
There is nothing better than the fast paced action of flying and shooting during, “Golden Hour”, sunrise and sunset!
We spent two days shooting in northwest Minnesota capturing the beautiful color and expansiveness of the sunflower fields as they bloom for a very short period of time.
Have a look at some test footage we shot yesterday with our brand new SONY NEX-FS700 camera. We are excited for a great summer ahead with lots of filming to be done with this from the air! EideCom Media Stay tuned for much more to come as we explore the amazing abilities of shooting at 240 frames per second in full high definition.