Are there permits or regulations for drone filming?
There are no permits required for drone filming. However, there are FAA guidelines that all productions should be aware of:
- Operators should have a Part 107 Pilot Certification
- 2-person rule: Operator and Observer/Spotter
- You may not fly a drone over a stadium or sports events
- Fly at or below 400 feet above ground level (no faster than 100mph)
- Must have permission to film where you are as you would with any location
- A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away
- The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property
- A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS
- A small UAS should not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight
- Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). A 5-mile radius is usually safe
- Before launching any drone within a 5 mile radius (that would include downtown KC) of the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport pilots must fill out the FAA Drone Zone application/registration.