One of the coolest shots in any movie is a helicopter shot. You put a camera on a helicopter, and you go flying around, or you chase down a fleeing car, or you just… well, do anything, really, provided it’s from the air. However, every time you have to go up in a helicopter, there’s an element of danger. Lots of things can go wrong, and people have died in helicopter crashes in making movies since helicopters became a part of the film language. But there’s a better solution, and it’s unmanned. Hollywood aerial photography companies will now be allowed to use drones to capture all those cool visuals movies depend on.
“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight. These companies are blazing a trail that others are already following, offering the promise of new advances in agriculture and utility safety and maintenance,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Really, it’s probably the safest of all options, both for the FAA and for the people making films. Nobody has to get up and fly around in a helicopter, dodging and weaving through power lines, when a comparatively tiny drone lugging a camera around can do the same job much safer. I doubt any drones will be going high enough to cause problems with existing flight plans (also unlike a helicopter), so this seems like a win all the way around.Technorati Tags: anthony foxx, department of transportation, drone aircraft, drone use in movies, drones, faa to approve drone use in movies, faa to approve hollywood drones, Hollywood, transportation secretary anthony foxx