The Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to consider a request from Hollywood production companies to give them the nod to use drones for filming, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Unmanned aircraft systems offer the motion picture and television industry an innovative and safer option for filming,” said Neil Fried, senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs for the MPAA.
The story reports: “There’s a growing camp in Hollywood that say drones, or UASs, can be a real asset for filmmakers with the promise of new creative options, cost savings and, perhaps, safer sets. But regulatory issues are a major hurdle. Currently, in order to conduct a commercial operation with an unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace, users need a certified aircraft, licensed pilot and FAA approval, according to FAA spokesperson Les Dorr.”