In a survey conducted last April, experts in the field of drone journalism were asked what they saw as the greatest challenges facing the development of their industry today. Not surprisingly, the number one answer was uncertainty about the legal/regulatory framework. Certainly, things have improved with the adoption of Part 107, which opened up a great deal of airspace and removed many barriers to entry faced by those who want to fly drones commercially.
Nevertheless, there are still many pockets of low-altitude controlled airspace all across the country, particularly in large cities. Navigating around those limitations can be time consuming, though with the upcoming release of LAANC, we can expect some improvement. Still, most broadcasters will find it most efficient to apply for longer-lasting airspace authorization in their home cities—this article provides guidance. Continue reading →