It was a little over a year ago that I wrote a post entitled, What’s All The Buzz About Drone Videos? In this post, I took a closer look at what drones really are (and aren’t), how they are being used and what benefit they might have to your business. A large reason for me writing the post was that drones were a hot topic at the time in the video production world and I was getting asked several questions about my viewpoint on drones. Fast forward to over one year later and drones are still a very hot topic.
A lot of the discussion around drones still stems from the whole “newness” factor. As I mentioned in my previous post, a flying helicopter with a camera isn’t really new, but an unmanned flying helicopter with a remote control is a different ballgame. Business and the general public have misconceptions about what a drone actually is and, often times, only hear the “bad” things. That being said, there have been some important updates since my last article that I want to share.
FAA Confirms Drones Must Be Registered
The FAA confirmed during a recent press conference current drone owners – and not just new purchases – will have to be registered. Officials hope to have the rules in place by Christmas, when as many as 700,000 drones are expected to be sold.
Currently, only commercial drone users are required to register with the FAA. Other drone users are required to fly devices below 400 feet and obtain FAA permission before operating within five miles of an airport. Operators are also supposed to avoid passenger planes.
The FAA will establish a committee of government and industry officials, as well as drone users, to work out the details of the registration system. It’s unclear if all drones will have to be registered, though the AP reports that toy and other small devices will likely be exempt.
Nobody knows exactly how many of the robotic aircraft are already flying around, but most estimates top 1 million. This means plenty of people will need to get familiar with these new regulations. As with many things drone related, when it comes to laws there is a lot of gray area. This means it’s likely there will be reports of mishaps with unregistered drones showing up in the news.
Drones & Safety
The crazy thing about drones in the news is that the discussion rarely is about video. With the exception of this drone fireworks video below that now has over 12 million views, the #1 reason drones make headlines is regarding safety. While it’s completely understandable because there have been some safety issues, it’s a shame because these devices can capture some magnificent HD quality video.
As a marketing professional and owner of a company that provides HD video production services, my hope is that the conversation surrounding drones will make a shift toward one with positive sentiment. I’d like to see the necessary laws get put in place and misunderstandings be resolved so we can all focus on using these devices in the way in which they were intended – to capture high quality video from a unique perspective.
What’s Next with Drones?
As with all new technology, it takes time for people to understand it. The same is true with drones. Once the dust settles on the law updates and adoption of these devices continues to accelerate, business usage will grow. This is what is exciting about using drones to shoot video, take photos, etc. The sky is the limit (literally) to what can be done using drones in industries such as real estate, agriculture, sports, etc.
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