Train for Drone Photography?

To train or not to train for drone photography?

If you are new or a veteran to drones, drone photography or anything UAV’s there is some important information you need to know. There’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting really close to finalizing its rules for commercial drones. The bad news is that those rules could be horribly restrictive. The Wall Street Journal reports that the FAA will require commercial drone operators to have a pilot’s license and restrict flight times to daylight hours. The new rules will also limit flights to the pilot’s line of sight and altitude to 400-feet. The really bad news is that these rules won’t just apply for big Predator-sized drones. They’ll apply to any unmanned aircraft under 55 pounds. That would include small, affordable, easy-to-fly drones such as the DJI Phantom and Parrot BeBop.

Once all these regulations are in place, everyone who wants to fly a drone will have to adhere to them. Want to know what already is in place?

According to

Which is the un-official FAA information hub on all things drone.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves. Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. “Know Before You Fly” is an educational campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

Know Before You Fly was founded by the three leading organizations with a stake in UAS safety – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the founding members to spread the word about safe and responsible flying.

On February 15, 2015, the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small, unmanned aircraft. An NPRM is a public notice issued by law when an independent agency, such as the FAA, wishes to add, remove or change a rule or regulation as part of the rulemaking process. It does not change any existing guidelines, rules, regulations or policy that may be in place. Instead, it opens the door for public comment and the beginning of the rulemaking process. Until the final rule is implemented, and to learn more, please continue to check out this website and the FAA’s Fact Sheet on UAS. You can also track further developments on the NPRM here. If you have additional questions, please email the FAA at The following is a video from the know before you fly campaign.

Aviation schools are gearing up to teach students how to fly drones. Dozens of schools now offer courses in what’s known as UAS — unmanned aircraft systems — which range from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters. Embry-Riddle now offers the first UAS master’s degree program.

We have a list of different courses from around the country depending in what state your in that you can take. To find out what drone training is available in your state click here!

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