It’s great when you find that perfect location to shoot your project and even better when it provides fantastic vistas for the drone shots! But can you legally fly a drone there?
There is a lot of confusion on this subject in the industry. Here is how we at Precision Aerial Filmworks of Miami, Florida determines if your chosen location falls within the FAA’s guidelines.
First things first, WE NEED AN ADDRESS!
Having an exact location is the only way we can determine the legal requirements for your drone shots! Precision Aerial Filmworks now utilizes the FAA’s LAANC system. LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. It directly supports UAS integration into the airspace.
Simply put, the LAANC system takes all airports and high priority landmarks, Court houses, stadiums, etc., and drops a grid on top of them. The grid has boxes with numbers in them starting at 0 closest to the landmark, and increasing to 400 at the furthest point from that landmark. The numbers are the maximum altitude you can fly. If your location is in a 200 box for example, you can fly to 200’. But if your location falls in a 0 box we will need to apply for a waiver to fly there. Conversely, if your location has no grid over it, it is most likely in class “G” airspace and requires no authorization at all. Of course there are other considerations, but this is the basic determining factor adopted by the industry in conjunction with the FAA for location authorization.
So when trying to determine if your location will work for aerials, please have location addresses available and contact a professional Drone Operator at Miami's best Drone company - Precision Aerial Filmworks!