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Interesting article from a major american surfing magazine about the use of drone sin photography and videos...

 

"According to Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the FAA, when it comes to recreational photography and videography captured from a drone—so if you’re not going to sell it—you’re in the green. The FAA only has a problem if you’re trying to profit from it.

“As long as video [captured by a drone] is solely for their personal use, the FAA considers it to be recreational. Recreational use of airspace by model aircraft by hobbyists is covered by FAA Advisory Circular 91-57, which limits model aircraft operations to below 400 feet above ground level and away from airports and air traffic,” said Gregor. “But if the same person flies the same aircraft and then tries to sell the video, or uses it to promote a business, or accepts payments from someone else to shoot the video, that would be a prohibited commercial operation.”

 

http://www.surfermag.com/features/drones/

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drone sin photography

 

 

Is that flying over a nudist beach??

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OP, presumably you realise that only applies to US airspace.

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OP, presumably you realise that only applies to US airspace.

 

Yeah, I would need a very good remote to reach there from Newcastle.... I don't think 8 AA batteries would cut it  :D

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Yes, it applies to USA's territories only but I wonder what other countries' single legislation think about it. I guess drones may be something that could contribute in revolutionizing the way of shooting photos in the future.

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Yes, it applies to USA's territories only but I wonder what other countries' single legislation think about it. I guess drones may be something that could contribute in revolutionizing the way of shooting photos in the future.

 

If the FAA has that regulation for sure that it will be copied by the EASA, here in Europe, soon or later. In any case I do not think I will not see those drones, small civil use ones, flying over populated areas in Europe or North America. Airworthiness issues. Too complex.

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I saw a comment in a radio controlled model magazine recently suggesting that a CAA llicence in the UK was needed for commercial use of image/video drones but the inference was that it was not that difficult to get. No doubt there will legislation where, when and how you can fly such drones.

 

I have found the reference in Radio Control Models +& Electronics (RCME), Autumn 2013 Special

 

Commercial film and tv pilot Shahid Banglawhala made the point in his article that it is illegal to use a drone for professional work without the right licence. The item was about multicopter (multi rotor helicopters).For them you need a BNUC-5 licence for unmanned systems up to 20kg, then permission is needed from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) who will look at how you conduct your flying operations,. Then you will need appropriate third-party insurance for such use. Therefore not cheapor quick eeven if straightforward for an experienced radio control model pilot, there are even certificates (from BMFA) needed to fly models in public and probably to get insurance.

 

There is a steep learning to learn to fly aircraft remotely and safely.

Edited by Martin P Wilson

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Yes, it applies to USA's territories only but I wonder what other countries' single legislation think about it. I guess drones may be something that could contribute in revolutionizing the way of shooting photos in the future.

 

I would have thought there would be health and safety issues.... definitely require public liability insurance to protect you against claims for injury from falling drones...... or camera equipment.

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This has the details of the two training certs for CAA registration http://www.hexcam.co.uk/#!training/cocq

 

Met the guy behind this at an exhibition in Norwich with the new Versadrone model - I want one.....bank manager has different ideas though. Certainly lots of potential work but it's a significant investment.

 

I know that in France they are used commercially as an old stock colleague has morphed into an aerial specialist.

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Drones will be illegal in Romania as a new law was approved. Any drone below 1 kg is legal if no photo/video device is attached to it. Bigger drones will be illegal, except for those with 15-150 kg which are licensed by Romanian Aeronautic Authority. A lot of people were unhappy about this :(

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I fully concur with Martins quote above and, just to keep things in perspective, there are also legal regulations to consider with reference to flying of unmanned/model aircraft in the UK too. With regard to ceiling heights and proximity to commercial airports and forces airfields. I won't go into them all as it would fill a couple of pages on here.

 

Allan (Builder and flyer of unmanned radio controlled aircraft)

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I have an aquaintance who builds and flies quadcopters and has flown them very publicly above crowds and even through the buildings at a national monument, he will be the type of flyer who gets the whole industry shut down (or hyper regulated) in the UK. Great footage but it may be a short lived fad except for the pros who can afford the Governments revenue stream for certification.

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I've thought about a drone in the past but it's going to be too heavily regulated to make it worthwhile.

 

I saw these images last year from Ross Parry and thought they were done using a drone. The Police had deployed the metal shutters to stop anyone seeing/photographing the accident scene from ground level.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315233/M62-crash-Tragic-teen-Beth-Jones-killed-bride-Stefanie-Firth-20-survivors-pictured.html

 

There was also a photographer at Wickerman Festival last year had one but he had to fly it only from the surrounding fields and not directly above the crowd. The shots were brilliant.

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Some winter shots here with NEX5N. mate is afraid to send his Nex up on his quad so only has GoPro footage, but he is only interested in video anyway.

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