FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production
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On 2nd of June, FAA issued a press release considering a petition submitted by the Motion Picture Association of America. Seven aerial photo and video production companies, the MPAA, are asking the agency to grant exemptions from regulations that address general flight rules, pilot certificate requirements, manuals, maintenance and equipment mandates. They are also asking for relief from airworthiness certification requirements as allowed under Section 333. Under that section of the law, certain airworthiness requirements can be waived to let specific UAS fly safely in narrowly defined, controlled, low-risk situations.
In order to have the exemption granted, the companies must prove that their plan would benefit the public good, and that it would not create unsafe conditions. If the FAA approves those exemptions, it will still need to approve individual operations.
The fun part of the story is that rules for which MPAA asks to be exempted actually don’t exist yet.
Anyhow, if the FAA approves the exemption, it will be a step in the right direction.
Full press release is available on FAA web page.