Recently the Federal Aviation Administration has granted eight new regulatory exemptions for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. These new exemptions include Helinet Aviation Services and Alan D. Purwin for film and television production. The FAA also amended the exemptions previously granted to Pictorvision and Aerial MOB to let the companies fly additional types of small UAS. The Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx found that the drones in the proposed operations do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.
Yet Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said in a statement: “As the FAA grants these requests, it is missing an expected deadline for the small UAS rule. Meanwhile, the FAA continues to receive exemption requests faster than it can approve them, demonstrating the need for the agency to begin the rulemaking process and create regulations in order to allow for more widespread use of the technology, rather than regulating on a case by case basis. These long overdue regulations will help realize the full potential of UAS technology and allow a wide range of industries to reap its benefits.”
The FAA has reported that it has received 342 new requests for exemptions from commercial entities and individuals. With the feeling that the use of drones are making film and TV production more efficient and cost effective a larger number of filmmakers have made the jump to using unmanned aircraft systems or drones.