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Drones: Movie, TV Companies Get FAA's OK to Film Via Flying Devices

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 04:43 PM

Seven movie and television companies will be able to use drones for filming after they received approval Thursday from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The government agency has been working on formal regulations for the budding industry, but those will take at least a year. It’s believed that Thursday’s approval will open up the possibility for more interim approvals as U.S. businesses await those regulations, Bloomberg News reported. These are the first commercial approvals for drone use, other than in the oil industry in Alaska.

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“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “These companies are blazing a trail that others are already following, offering the promise of new advances in agriculture and utility safety and maintenance.”

The companies had filed a request for waiver with the FAA, which has been working on regulating drones since 2009; the slow process was caused by concern that drones will interfere with manned aircraft.

In its September 2014 update on rulemaking within the DOT, the report said that regulations for unmanned aircraft aren’t expected to be completed until 2015.

“This rulemaking would adopt specific rules for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the national airspace system,” according to DOT information. “These changes would address small unmanned aircraft registration and marking, certification of their airmen, and operational requirements and limitations in order to increase the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system.”

Bloomberg reported that the FAA approval to the movie companies includes flying on closed sets.

“The applicants submitted UAS flight manuals with detailed safety procedures that were a key factor in our approval of their requests,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta said in the statement. “We are thoroughly satisfied these operations will not pose a hazard to other aircraft or to people and property on the ground.”

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