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:

  1. Operators should have a Part 107 Pilot Certification
  2. 2-person rule: Operator and Observer/Spotter
  3. You may not fly a drone over a stadium or sports events
  4. Fly at or below 400 feet above ground level (no faster than 100mph)
  5. Must have permission to film where you are as you would with any location
  6. 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
  7. The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property
  8. 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
  9. A small UAS should not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight
  10. 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
  11. 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.
Recent Posts