The Drones Are Coming

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The Drones Are Coming

All of those amazing aerial shots that you have only dreamed about filming are about to become reality.   Six television and movie companies have been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones for shooting scenes.

The approval is the first exemption of its kind, and only the second time the FAA has waived its own prohibition against flying drones for commercial purposes.  In granting the exemptions, the FAA has restricted the drones from making flights at night, required that flights take place on sets closed to the public, and aircraft must be inspected before each flight.

“This is the first step to allowing the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems in our nation’s airspace, and it’s a milestone in the wider effort to allow unmanned aircraft for many different types of commercial use,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a conference call.

Other industries that are seeking exemptions include precision agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection, and oil and gas flare stack inspection.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29373188