A visual reference to all things drone photography

There are many different fields in which drone photography can be used. In one of our last posts we talk about some of those uses, you can check that post out here. At Drone Photography Info we have designed a quick reference infographic on the different classifications of drones and the common laws and uses for such drones. Hope this helps, and happy flying!

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  • Tom, are you in the USA? If so, call your local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office)...they may/should have the answer...remembering that really no rule is ever for sure until decided by a judge.

    I know the FAA allows a businessman to fly his own aircraft to another location to do business...they have ruled that kind of flying does NOT require a commercial license...your question though is different...maybe this will help:

    What does it mean to the FAA for flying to be 'only incidental to that business' for a private pilo…
  • OK, so I am an archaeologist.  I take a set of aerial photographs of an archaeological site on private land, with owner permission.  Stay well under 400 feet, maintain line of site, etc.  Quad does a lawn mower sort of thing over a field 100m square.  I take the photos, make a 3D model, identify some sites, excavate, and use quad to photograph open cuttings and create more 3D models.  I publish research resulting from flights in an academic journal...maybe put stuff online too.  At no point in the mix am i making a cash profit.  But for argument, lets say I get a raise because the article is so good....do you see the question?

  • Thomas Finan, what a great question. When you say not getting paid but "profiting from the photography" what how are you profiting? Is it monetarily in any way, even if not right away but later? The biggest question is, do you make any money from your surveys now or later? The answer to this question will help in clarifying, if at all your question. Since most of these regulations are new in my opinion there are still a lot of grey areas. 

  • One area that seems to fall through the cracks (and please someone correct me if my interpretation is not correct) would be an individual who is conducting aerial survey as part of his or her own academic research, say, an archaeologist.  Would that constitute taking photos "for personal use?"  If the person were not paid, per se, but was profiting from the photography...it seems confusing in that regard.  My private university has a COA for limited flight with the confines of our campus, but thats no help really off campus.  Thoughts?

  • Simon Howroyd, Planning on targeting information for the UK and EU market early next year so this is coming for sure. If you have any specific links to useful information that can be used please send them my way. info@dronephotographyinfo.com 

    Thank you

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    General and area specific info would be good for all newbies

  • Id love one of these for the UK! Very good

  • Good to see a brief visual explanation of possibilities and constraints, given the current state of laws and regulations across the US. 

  • Ben Norris you are right! It applies to all 50 States in the U.S. as they are all FAA Regulations for the different classes. I will have to add that to the infographic. "FAA Regulations USA)

  • It would be useful if you mentioned the region where this info is applicable.

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