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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by phaz, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. phaz

    Apr 21, 2014
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  2. Meta4

    Meta4 Moderator
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    Jan 8, 2014
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    "The FAA permits come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only in a restricted area, that they be flown under 400 feet in altitude and that flights last no more than 30 minutes at a time. Nighttime flights are prohibited, and reality television shows or other unscripted events won't qualify for the permits.
    .... limitations attached to the drone permits may be so onerous that their benefits will be outweighed by the cost and the headache of complying.
    "I'm worried that it's too small a step forward and it's too narrowly limited," he said.
    Kenneth Quinn, an attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and a former FAA general counsel, said he expects other industries to oppose some of restrictions imposed on the movie drones, especially requirements that the drone operator have a private pilot's license and that there be a three-man crew. He said any risk to safety is too small to merit the restrictions.

    It would be interesting to see what the conditions really are. Just what are the restrictions on the area used?
    Flights last no more than 30 minutes ... where would they find a commercial multicopter that flies for that long?
    No night flights ... why?
    Reality television shows or other unscripted events won't qualify for the permits. So ads, documentaries, comedy, feature movies OK but reality shows, definitely not. WTF??
  3. Happyflyer

    May 5, 2014
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    Cold, Cold, Michigan
    You can't expect everything at once. Small steps, it is a start. At least the FAA did not say NO WAY!