Drones are becoming the next big thing in filmmaking, allowing filmmakers to get access to never before charted territories. But before you run out and by a drone make sure you know the laws and regulations that come along with operating a drone.
Just a few months ago the FAA instated new regulations for operating “unmanned aircraft systems”. Among the updates, regulations include flying a drone within 5 miles of an airport or over a sporting event in prohibited and fines for breaking these laws can add up to $250,000 and 3 years in prison!
So if you are a drone cinematographer keep in mind these simple tips to make sure you are complying with the latest laws and regulations.
Federal Aviation Administration Requirements
- All drone owners must be registered with the FAA before they can fly, registrants must provide their name, home address and email address.
- Flying unregistered is subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and 3 years in prison.
- Each drone must display its unique registration number issued by the FAA
- You drone cannot weigh more than 55 pounds
Where you cannot fly
- National parks
- Military bases
- Stadiums & sporting events
- Emergency response efforts
- Airspace higher than 400 feet
- Within 25 feet of another person
- Within 5 miles of airport
Special Rules for Professional Videographers
- Must apply for a 333 exemption with the FAA & register yourself as a drone operator
- File this exemption 120 days prior to filming