The Federal Aviation Administration will ease regulatory restrictions on using drones in movie and television productions, reports Bloomberg.
Seven companies are expected to receive the greenlight to use drones under some conditions, the story adds. That includes allowing the production companies to fly small drones on closed sets. The decision comes after the seven companies filed petitions with the FAA to allow them to use the unmanned flying devices.
“There’s a growing camp in Hollywood that say mounting cameras on drones can be a real asset for filmmakers with the promise of new creative options, cost savings and, perhaps, safer sets. But regulatory issues have been a hurdle,” The Hollywood Reporter notes. “Currently, in order to conduct a commercial operation with an unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace, users must have a certified aircraft, licensed pilot and FAA approval.”