FAA Grants Exemptions for 6 Companies to Fly Drones on Film Sets

DJI Phantom

The FAA announced that it has issued exemptions for 6 aerial photo and video production companies to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (aka drones) for commercial use.

The FAA’s authority to regulate the hobby-sized drones was called into question when a judge for the National Transportation Safety Board threw out a $10,000 fine the FAA levied against a commercial filmmaker in Virginia earlier this year.

To date, the FAA has not updated the regulations wherein it is attempting to enforce a ban on hobby-sized drones (e.g., the DJI Phantom) as an “unmanned aircraft system” (the legal term used in the regulations. Yet, the FAA is still exempting certain companies from its (currently unenforceable) regulations. [Read more...]

FAA Finally Allows Passengers to Use Portable Electronic Devices During Takeoff and Landing

Plane

The FAA has officially made it ok for passengers to use portable electronic devices, such as iPads, Kindles, iPhones (in airplane mode) and cameras, during all phases of flight. We’ve known for a long time that these devices are safe to use while the airplane is in operation, including takeoff and landing, but the FAA took plenty of time to make it officially ok. [Read more...]