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.
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
Here is a passion project Capturing water sports from the air & brings the action to life like never before! The super wide lens makes it look big but believe it or not, we shot everything under 100ft AGL! We spent an evening with MN Inboard out on Lake Minnetonka shooting a couple of professional wakeboarders behind two 2013 Malibu Wakesetters. These guys and gal put on a heck of a performance for us and the boats were equally as impressive! Enjoy the slow motion footage as well. Everything was shot using SONY NEX-7 and SONY FS700.
It has been an incredible month shooting all kinds of exciting activities including premier golf courses, professional wake boarders and wake surfers! We are really liking how our new SONY 10-18mm lens is looking, very crisp and clear. Here are a couple of shots of the action.
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.
The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Minneapolis on the weekend of May 31 – June 2, 2013. Filmmakers from all over the Minneapolis area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
Enter today! Space is limited.
This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Once the initial registration is complete, we will add teams to a waiting list.
Early Bird Registration is $140. Teams must register on or before Monday, May 6 to get this special rate. Regular registration is $160. If teams register after Tuesday, May 21 they must pay a rate of $175.
Minneapolis 48HFP Events
Meet and Greet at Fly Boys Aerial Cinematography
|Date||Wednesday, May 1|
|Time||6:00 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Place||Eide Communications, 8401 73rd Avenue #77, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428|
As the weather here in Minnesota continues to warm aerial photography becomes more impressive and better looking each day with the melting snow, blue skies and green grass! Today we captured some shots of a Minneapolis construction project. The weather could not have been better, 40 degrees, light to no wind, and sunny! Being aware of the surroundings, using flight checklists and following our routine safety standards keeps us out of harms way every time we fly. Here’s to welcoming Spring and looking forward to a great summer.