Commercial Drone UAS Unmanned Aerial System Filming

Companies wishing to film with a drone or UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) for a commercially viable production in Palm Beach County must have the following documentation before our office can consider processing your permit application. The length of time to process your application will depend on the complexity of the request. However, normal permit request processing time is a minimum of three business days.
 

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Production Companies have two options for commercial filming with a Drone/UAS. They can follow the FAA's 333 Exemption Guidelines and Requirements or the Small UAS CFR Part 107 Rule

If a production chooses to follow the 333 Exemption, our office will require the following:
Production Company/UAS Operator must have submitted a flight plan/plan of activities to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in advance of the filming.

A copy of the approved flight plan/plan of activities must be provided to our office.

FAA 333 Exemption Certificate is mandatory.

The exemption’s additional conditions and restrictions for the specific FAA 333 Exemption will be included on our permit, and must be provided to our office.

UAS Operator must have an Airmen Certification.

A copy of the Airmen Certificate must be provided to our office.

Drone must have an Airworthiness Certificate or Airworthiness Certificate exemption and must be properly insured.

A copy of the certificate or the exemption and proof of insurance must be provided to our office.

Production Company/UAS Operator must have the necessary blanket COA (Certificate of Waiver or Authorization).

A copy of the blanket COA must be provided to our office.

If filming is within 5 nautical miles of ANY airport, special permission from the FAA, the airport and an additional COA for that specific filming location must be obtained.

A written copy of special permission from the FAA, the airport, and the additional COA must be provided to our office.

An Off-Duty Detail is required at takeoff/landing site and for the duration of the filming.

Our office will provide the Off-Duty Detail information based on the filming location.

If a production chooses to follow the Part 107 Rule, our office will require the following:
Production Company/UAS Operator is only permitted to fly a drone/UAS that weighs less than 55 pounds.

Information on the type of drone/UAS that will be used must be provided to our office.

Production Company/UAS Operator must obtain local Air Traffic Control approval in advance of the filming for operations/flying in Class B, C, D and E airspace.

A copy of the approval must be provided to our office.

Production Company/UAS Operator is only permitted to fly during daylight or twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time). The maximum allowable altitude is 400 feet above the ground, and higher if your drone/UAS remains within 400 feet of a structure. The maximum speed is 100mph (87 knots).

To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107, production company is required to have a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating, or be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate. 

A copy of the remote pilot airman certificate must be provided to our office. 

Production Company/UAS Operator is responsible for ensuring a drone/UAS is safe before flying, but the FAA does not require small UAS to comply with current agency airworthiness standards or obtain aircraft certification. Instead, the remote pilot will simply have to perform a preflight visual and operational check of the small UAS to ensure that safety-pertinent systems are functioning properly. This includes checking the communications link between the control station and the drone/UAS. The drone/UAS must also be registered. 

A copy of the registration information must be provided to our office.

For more information on how to become a small UAS pilot, please visit the FAA's website. 

 

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