License needed to video a wedding from a drone?

2 months 1 week ago #678897 by Kenya See
Do you need permission or can you have a drone hovering over a wedding shooting video?  I have an outside wedding in May, and the client wants drone footage.  They are going to pay nicely so I'm going to get a drone and learn how to fly it.  But I want to make sure I don't need permission.  If I do, figure out what I need to do to get it.  


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2 months 1 week ago #678901 by the four vignettes
Where is this going to be?  Some countries they're pretty much well completely illegal while some it's fine. 

When in doubt contact your local police or fire department and ask.  Even if they're wrong, they're going to be the ones showing up if something happens.


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2 months 1 week ago #678904 by garyrhook
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You need to know if there's an ordinance preventing the operation of a drone over people, or in the area where you will be.

Also keep in mind that the buzz produces by many of them is kinda annoying. Not something you want to subject the guests to, and the bride likely has no clue.


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2 months 1 week ago #678912 by icepics
Kinda annoying?! lol They had a feature on the local news about testing them in the area, they're darn loud and annoying if you ask me.

I think it's prohibited to fly them over a crowd in a stadium, etc. But I'm familiar with sports, not other events. I don't know for a smaller event what's allowed or not.

I agree, the B&G probably wouldn't know, you may have to inform them.

Don't you have to have a license to operate one for commercial/business use anyway? I think you do, try the FAA website.

Sharon
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2 months 1 week ago #678914 by garyrhook

icepics wrote: Don't you have to have a license to operate one for commercial/business use anyway? I think you do, try the FAA website.


Pretty sure you do. And the list on this page mentions "over people".

https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/


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2 months 1 week ago #678915 by Shadowfixer1
I know it used to be illegal to use them for commercial purposes. That was a few years ago. I know one guy that charged extra for "processing" but gave them drone footage for free. Don't know how it works now. Since you are inexperienced with piloting a drone, I suggest having very good insurance in case you happen to crash it into someone or into their property as in windows, cars, etc. 

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2 months 1 week ago #678925 by effron
One terrorist attack with one here and the jig is up. I believe a license is required in my state, and never in national and state parks. 

Why so serious?
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2 months 1 week ago #679020 by Overread
You really shouldn't be flying over people, perhaps off in the distance.  Or you get the Mavic 2 zoom and zoom in while flying not over everyone.   Keep in mind you only get ~25 flight time. 


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