The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation which has the duty of regulating air navigation facilities and civil aviation in order to protect national security.
This year, it has been revealed that four years ago, a lot of cinematic production companies have applied for certificates of waiver and authorization to the Federal Aviation Administration in order to gain approval for drone usage. After much deliberation, the FAA authorities have officially announced this year that using drones for filming purposes is perfectly safe given that the people behind film productions shall follow the restrictions set by the FAA, including the safety measures that have been mentioned in the agreement of both parties.
Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, are aircrafts that are controlled by licensed pilots from the ground in order to do various tasks such as search and rescue, accurate weather analysis, and area surveillance.
Despite the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had already granted exemption to the seven aerial cinematography companies that applied for waivers few years ago, some restrictions still have to be observed by the said production companies. For example, although drones can now be officially used for filming purposes, cinematic production companies still ought to inform and notify the Federal Aviation Administration on the exact details of the shoot so that other people or companies that aim to use their own flying gadgets and vehicles for their own self-serving operations at the same date can follow an organized air traffic which the FAA would monitor. In addition to this, it has also been agreed that only those pilots who have licenses can control the drones, and that the drones used for filming can only be flown up to four hundred feet within the film location’s closed set where parameters are set by the people in-charge.
The seven cinematography companies that have been granted exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration with the help of the Motion Picture Association of America are the following: Aerial Mob, Vortex Aerial, Flying-Cam Aerial Systems, Heli Video Productions, Astraeus Aerial Cinema Systems, Snaproll Media, and PictorVision (Mcneal, 2014). According to the Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, the approval of Federal Aviation Administration of the usage of drones for filming activities is a massive victory for those individuals who are part of the film industry. He firmly believes that it is through the approval of drone usage how cinematic scenes can be easily created and further enhanced by film directors, writers, and producers all across the globe.
Like the creators of Harry Potter and Skyfall, moviemakers are currently looking forward to enhancing their audience’s overall viewing experience with the help of the scenes shot from the advanced aerial vehicles or drones. Many people claim that Hollywood is the best industry so far to be granted few of the first exemptions in drone usage since it is an industry which can appropriately follow the two main concerns of the Federal Aviation Administration, and those two are privacy and safety.
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