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Aerial Los Angeles and “Droning for Good”

in Filmmaker Videos
on Aug 16, 2015

Filmmaker Ian Wood has posted his second overhead exploration of Los Angeles — its neighborhoods, landmarks, people and vistas. His footage is beautifully operated, color-corrected and edited, and amidst recent controversy over drone filmmaking comes with, on Wood’s Vimeo page, his personal rulebook for urban drone shooting:

Droning For Good
With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.

My Drone Protocol
– Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
– Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
– Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
– No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
– Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
– Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
– Avoid “loitering” next to residential homes and apts.
– Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
– Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.

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