Nearly four months after several companies petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the right to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in film production, the agency is reportedly ready to respond with good news.
According to Forbes, the agency will come forward on Thurs., Sept. 25, to grant film and video production companies the right to operate UAS under certain conditions. The FAA said in June that in order to receive these exemptions, the firms must show that their UAS operations will not adversely affect safety, or they must provide at least an equal level of safety to the rules from which they seek the exemption. They would also need to show why granting the exemption would be in the public interest.
Forbes says professionals ranging from lawyers to pilots to cinematographers were involved in this process of drafting rules for UAS operations.
They were looking for exemptions from regulations that address general flight rules, pilot certificate requirements, manuals, and maintenance and equipment mandates. They were also asking for relief from airworthiness certification requirements as allowed under Section 333, where specific UAS can fly safely in narrowly defined, controlled, low-risk situations, the agency explained in a release.
Now, Forbes says, the FAA is done reviewing what has been brought to the table and is ready to inaugurate regulatory exemptions for the film industry.
Read the full report here.