Commercial drones could soon join Hollywood as a cinematographer thanks to the FAA's recent decision to allow the use of UAVs. The FAA decision that was made today allows drones to be used for films, monitoring crops, and inspection of oil pipeline. In these cases, drones would be an inexpensive replacement for helicopters or small planes.
The news should come as little surprise as amateurs and professional filmmakers and photographers have been seeking drones to capture a different perspective. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said:
These companies are blazing a trail that others are already following, offering the promise of new advances in agriculture and utility safety and maintenance. Today's announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial (drone) use.
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