Over on Bloomberg they are reporting that some NFL teams are in hot water for using drones for filming. The crux of the matter, is that they are not legally allowed to use drones for commercial purposes without FAA permission.
Apparently, if the a team employee flies the drones, then they do not need a permit, but if they hire a third party to handle the drones, then they need to get FAA permission or something like that.
Why am I even talking about this?
Mostly because drones and camera drones specifically have become a bit of an obsession of mine in recent months.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to watch an areal photo drone working at a football camp.
I got to see some of the footage that the operator managed to film which basically sealed the deal for me to want to get a camera drone, or R/C Camera helicopter whatever you want to call it. At the time, I was not aware of the need for FAA authorization to use the device for commercial purposes.
In any case, the footage was awesome. So awesome that I decided that I wanted to get a drone of my own so I can get some footage like that. I talked to the drone operator, and he told me I should buy myself a small “training” drone so I can learn to fly the drone.
I hadn’t even thought that I needed to learn to fly the drone before I could learn how to properly use the camera on the drone. Yes, I am or was, that clueless.
I want to write more about my drone experience but I’m not sure if I should do that here or on another site.