FAA Implements Part 107, Effective 8/29/16

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented new guidelines to govern the use of Unmanned Aircraft (UAs). Regulation Part 107 is the FAA’s continuing effort to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) as mandated by Congress. The regulations of Part 107 were tailored to address the risks associated with small UAS operations in NAS. They apply to all civil small UAS operations and replace certain existing FAA regulations that impede civil small UAS operations.

Among the new guidelines are the following:

  • A person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).
  • Daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
  • Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 40 feet AGL, remain within 400 feet of a structure.

Restrictions discussed above are waivable under the terms of a certificate of waiver. A complete list of guidelines can be found in the attachment below.

Part 107 eliminated the need for a Plan of Action but until guidelines have been finalized by our approving agencies, FilmL.A. will still require a (POA) for all UAS Activity.

For a full summary of the unmanned aircraft rule (part 107), download the PDF here.

For questions to general production related questions, please contact FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Department at 213.977.8600.