Drones have been used for war, but they also have serious business applications in markets ranging from music videos to agriculture. However, the FAA currently bans all commercial use of drones pending regulatory rules scheduled to be published sometime in 2015.
Panelists and attendees of a SXSW panel discussion entitled “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Drone?” bemoaned these onerous rules and described them as choking off innovation.
Film production companies benefit from the use of camera-equipped drones. They can get angles and camera shots that are impossible for a helicopter, and a crashed drone is immensely less likely to result in serious injury or loss of life.
Some film production companies are using drones quietly in
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