FAA is now allowing people to file for exemption to fly a UAV (Drone) for commercial purposes (through April 24 2015). I am excited for the new possibilities. To not be able to use a Drone for commercial purposes is ridiculous and is one of my biggest frustrations. Our country is about “free enterprise”. Someone can film or take photos from a camera, but you put it on a drone and now you can’t sell it in any way. Maybe I would feel better if someone could show me where on the FAA web site that it tells the reasoning for this? Yes… we need to fly responsibly, but to not be able to make a profit from the photos taken is ridiculous! Not even from monetizing them on Youtube. This is an article on the AMA web site regarding a company that was contacted by the FAA for monetizing their video on Youtube. http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2015/03/27/wiley-rein-faa-grounding-commercial-uas-on-websites-youtube/#comment-1652 Up to this point, no monetary compensation can be made from video shot from a drone (UAV) for an average person like me. The good news is that the FAA in now allowing people (and companies) to file for Section 333 exemption which if accepted will grant special permission by the FAA to fly for compensation. If you would like to check out the details or apply here is the link to FAA. http://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/ There are so many valuable recourses that an UAV can offer. There is more than just filming that can be done. Building inspection to helping farmers. This article that was sent to me is a perfect example of the good use of a drone. Drones planting trees http://rt.com/news/247709-drones-planting-trees-forests/#.VSVeo5auAXc.facebook . Also I have registered with Search and Rescue Drones (SAR Drones) http://www.sardrones.org/ and these are just 2 good uses. There are so many more. I’m very excited about the possibilities that the FAA is opening up. I am looking forward to the new change. I like that certification will be a requirement and I hope everything will stay positive. Most importantly no matter what…. always fly safe!
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