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Aerial Photos in USA

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by matthewh, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. matthewh

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    Was asked to do some aerial photos of a fund raiser event. In the eyes of the FAA is that a no no in any way? I imagine the photos will go on there website but money will not be charged.
     
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    If money doesn't change hands then it's not commercial use and the only issues are if you are flying in contravention of laws that may apply in your jurisdiction regarding flying over gatherings, safety, etc, etc., if any.
     
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    Just to clarify - the thing about commercial/non-commercial use is regulated differently in many jurisdictions. For instance - in Germany if you take photos of your neighborhood for your neighbors without charging anything it's still commercial use (for the benefit of a third party). I do recall reading somewhere that this also had happened in the US when a Washington baseball team filmed their practice on the field and posted it on their website - in the eyes of the FAA it's "commercial use".

    If you do this on behalf of anybody else other than yourself you may get called up by the idiots at the FAA (there is a story out there that once there was a janitor working for them who was not an idiot, otherwise all of them are morons). Good luck anyways ;-)
     
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    As per the recent court ruling there are no laws in or on any books in the United States for commercial or noncommercial use you are free to use them as you will with only the FAA advisory of please do not fly about 400 feet and do not fly within 2 miles of an airport once again these are only advisories and not rules so photograph on
     
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    Commercial Drone Pilots Cheer Judge Finding Against FAA
    By Alan Levin Mar 7, 2014 3:20 PM CT

    Aerial photographers, surveyors and filmmakers who want to fly small drones in U.S. airspace are able to rejoice after a judge dealt a setback to efforts by federal regulators to rein in use of the unmanned aircraft.

    Raphael Pirker, who had been docked $10,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration for using a drone to shoot a promotional video, won dismissal yesterday of the fine for reckless flying. An administrative law judge determined the FAA had no authority over small unmanned aircraft when it imposed the first-ever such fine on a drone operator. The FAA today appealed the decision.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-0 ... t-faa.html