- Transportation in Focus
- October 3, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
FAA Drone Policy
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was permitting the use of drones for filming movies under certain circumstances. This is changed from the FAA's largely de facto ban on the use of drones for commercial purposes. Since 2012, the FAA had only approved two permits for companies to use drones - both in remote areas of Alaska.
Under the permits, the approved companies would be able to use drones weighing less than 55 lbs, operating no more than 400 feet from the ground, and with licensed pilot and spotter on hand to ensure safety.
The FAA is currently working on regulations that will eventually legalize and regulate commercial drones of all sizes.