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PPA launches new drone photography certification


July 2017 issue Business

Justin Moore first to be certified by PPAIn response to a growing interest in aerial images, PPA has launched a drone photography certification program. To become a certified drone photographer, a PPA member must submit an application showing that he or she meets certain minimum requirements—an FAA Section 333 certificate or remote pilot certificate (Part 107), proof of general liability insurance, UAS registration number, and a logbook summarizing 30 hours of flight time—and then pass a... Continue Reading >

What you need to know about drone registration and licensing


4.21.2017 Tech

There are few technologies today with more conflicting regulations and misinformation than that of the legal operation of small unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly referred to as drones.Let’s start with the basics: aircraft registration, operator licensing, and insurance.© Russell Caron 1. REGISTERING YOUR AIRCRAFTRegistering the aircraft is easy and inexpensive. The FAA website is where you need to register any aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds. If you're a... Continue Reading >

New product review: DJI Mavic Pro


April 2017 issue News

Ever heard of an aerial camera that shoots 4K video, folds down to the size of a water bottle, and can stay aloft for nearly 30 minutes? Until several months ago, no one had. In September 2016, drone maker DJI introduced the Mavic Pro and with it, a new genre of personal drones that are small, capable, and full of technology.You have to get your hands on a Mavic Pro before you can fully appreciate how compact it is. For your convenience, DJI offers a Fly More combo that features a small... Continue Reading >

The story behind this drone wedding photo


January 2017 issue News

Using a drone for wedding photography is one thing. Capturing a shot that maximizes the aerial perspective is another.This image was made possible by a collaboration between Helene Havard, a Papeete, Tahiti-based wedding photographer, and Flying World Pictures, a drone videography company. Havard found the location for the photo while scouting out the island of Moorea. “I wanted to have [the couple] in a position that would integrate them well with nature,” she explains.Havard came up... Continue Reading >

10 Best drone practices


January 2017 issue Business

Groundwork for remote pilotsThere it is: Your spanking new Remote Pilot certificate from the FAA. You can now fly a drone and get paid for it! The potential is huge because low-altitude aerial photography can immediately differentiate your business. It invariably creates excitement among customers. The views from above are often breathtaking.Starting a drone business or adding a drone to your existing business has many similarities to starting a photography business. You have to find... Continue Reading >

How to do drone photography


November 2016 issue Business

IN ON THE GROUND FLOORAerial photographer Parker Gyokeres first started experimenting with drone photography as a public affairs photojournalist in the U.S. Air Force. On assignment to document various operations, Gyokeres often wanted to get more elevated perspectives, but he couldn’t get high enough with a ladder or on a building.So Gyokeres started building drones by modifying early remote aircraft to serve as airborne platforms for his camera. Back then in the mid-2000s, Gyokeres and... Continue Reading >

Accidents happen: Insure your drone


10.6.2016 Business

Thanks to new regulations enacted this fall, it's now easier than ever to add drone photography to your business. But beyond passing the FAA's aeronautical knowledge test and being vetted by the TSA, you'll also need something else: insurance. Yes, even with a drone pilot certificate and countless hours operating your trusty flier, accidents happen, says Kristen Hartman, director of member value and experience at PPA. If your drone malfunctions and drops out of the sky onto a person or a... Continue Reading >

Keeping up with the drones: Interdrone 2016


9.21.2016 News

This year’s international drone convention, Interdrone, was attended by more than 3,500 people and reflected the rapid maturing of the commercial drone industry. The FAA’s new Part 107 regulations were prevalent throughout the convention and there was a particular focus on the data that drones capture. Here are some key highlights from the show.© Justin Moore FAA Administrator Michael HuertaPart 107 drone regulationsFrom the keynote address of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to... Continue Reading >

Register your drone

September 2016 issue Business

What’s the first thing you’ll do when you get your new drone—take it out to the backyard and start flying? Of course not! You’ll register it with the FAA.Whether you’re flying a drone recreationally or commercially, the FAA dictates that before you fly outside you must:Register your UAS if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. Label your UAS with your registration number. Read and understand all safety guidelines.Do it here: registermyuas.faa.gov. The... Continue Reading >
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