Today is a great day for Spirit Vision Films!
I received word from the FAA today they have granted Spirit Vision Films an exemption to fly UAVs commercially through their Section 333 exemption process. It now gives us the ability to fly our DJI Phantom UAV for hire and in full compliance with the FAA regulations governing the use of UAVs in US airspace.
Many people do not realize how difficult it is to acquire an exemption. It took four months to receive. There are many rules and restrictions in flying them in US airspace. Because many UAV owners flaunt these rules and restrictions, it has given a bad name to all UAV owners. That is a shame. For us who have put in the time to comply with the FAA and fly in a responsible manner it is imperative that we educate the public on the importance of not hiring a non-exempt UAV pilot to do commercial work.
Let me elaborate. Does your pilot obey the height restrictions of flying no higher than 200 feet when filming? Do they hold back 500 feet from any people below while filming? Does the UAV have a serial number and registered with the FAA and have an ID number (N-Number)? And probably one of the most important features when considering hiring a UAV to film: Is the UAV insured? Liability insurance to fly commercially is next to impossible to acquire if you do not have an exemption number. Yet, if that pilot is flying irresponsibly and causes property damage or worse; personal injury, not only will the pilot be held responsible – you will too. Having liability insurance is essential. These are only a few of the things to consider when hiring a UAV to film from the air.
If you have questions concerning the legal use of UAVs for your commercial needs, please give us a call or email us by using our contact information. We love talking UAVs!
Here is a portion of Spirit Vision Films exemption sent to us today by the FAA:
October 16, 2015
Exemption No. 13215
Regulatory Docket No. FAA–2015–3200
Mr. Christopher Enges
Spirit Vision Films LLC
302 East Runnion Road
Sequim, WA 98382
Dear Mr. Enges:
This letter is to inform you that we have granted your request for exemption. It transmits our decision, explains its basis, and gives you the conditions and limitations of the exemption, including the date it ends.
By letter dated June 17, 2015, you petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on behalf of Spirit Vision Films LLC (hereinafter petitioner or operator) for an exemption. The petitioner requested to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to conduct aerial videography and photography.
See the docket, at www.regulations.gov, for the petition submitted to the FAA describing the proposed operations and the regulations that the petitioner seeks an exemption.
The FAA has determined that good cause exists for not publishing a summary of the petition in the Federal Register because the requested exemption would not set a precedent, and any delay in acting on this petition would be detrimental to the petitioner.
The UAS proposed by the petitioner are the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom 3 Pro, and DJI Inspire 1.