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.
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.
The power of Real Estate aerial photography and cinematography! Summer/Fall 2012.
As I look at the media landscape I realize that Aerial Photography is EVERYWHERE. Think of any Live sporting event…there are aerial shots from the sky looking down at the event site, dome, stadium or skyline. Watch reality TV and see establishing aerial shots from Helicopters, Airplanes, and Radio Controlled units like RC Helis and RC Hexacopters. My point is that Aerial Photography and aerial cinematography increases production value. Instantly.
I think there is a revolution going on where many people are investing in radio controlled drones including helicopters, hexacopters blimps and airplanes. Producers beware!
The thing is….there are 3 kinds of people:
1.RC enthusiasts (people great at flying Radio Control helicopters, drones and hexacopter/octcopters.)
2. Film people, cinematographers, DPs, Directors and more.
3. People who are skilled at both.
A Warning to those looking for PROFESSIONAL-GRADE aerial cinematography and Aerial Photography: Find #3. Even if it takes a while or costs more. There are plenty of film guru’s who have purchased aerial units and don’t know how to fly them well, so it is very limited in application (not to mention safety, as these units can be VERY dangerous in the wrong hands). Also there are plenty of great RC pilots who know how to fly but don’t understand film/tv. The problem here is that sure they can fly, but can they frame a shot? Can they ensure the entire composition is there? Likely not.
The last thing you want to know is: do they have a good understanding of aviation? Rules? Safety? I am a private pilot. I understand the importance of safety, weather, wind, and situations that are go/no go. What that means is you are less likely to have that uncomfortable call with your insurance carrier telling them why you need to make a claim because you hired an amateur aerial pilot and they damaged something. Not fun.
Something I am excited about is that we offer low range aerials via RC but also via full sized airplane, and helicopter….so no matter the shot, we can get it.
DISCLAIMER: Due to FAA regulations we are only able to fly for demonstration purposes. Contact us today!
Today we had the opportunity to shoot a gorgeous property in Orono for a local Real Estate expert. We shot some amazing photos from 150+ feet in the air. This is just one of the photos. More are available on our Real Estate Aerial Photography page. We love shooting Aerials. Still or Video!
Yesterday we traveled out to a +200 acre private estate in Waconia, Minnesota with SpaceCrafting to shoot some real estate aerials with the Cinestar6 using a Panasonic gh2. Our favorite shot came from just over the lake on the south side of the property! High-resolution still aerial photographs and video can dramatically show the expansiveness and beauty of a real estate property that may not be realized without it. It can be just what it takes to get it SOLD.