Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, are used more frequently in film production and live events. There is currently no FAA regulation for flying drones in Class G unregulated airspace below 400 feet. Anything above 400 feet is FAA regulated airspace and the commercial use of drones is not allowed.
Drones require special consideration
Insurance companies may issue policies to cover liability and physical damage to or caused by drones – however, the following information needs to be clarified and submitted to insurance companies to start the process:
- What are the capabilities and fail-safe methods of the specific drone model being used?
- What are the operator's/pilot's qualifications?
- How is the drone being used?
- Where will the drone be used?
- Is a drone allowed for this type of event?
Safety always comes first
Drone safety protocols are important and should be strictly adhered to at all times. Choose systems with built-in drone safety features such as automatic return home for low batteries, lost communication back-up or high winds maneuvering capacity. Additionally, HUB recommends using a professional drone pilot and not a hobbyist.
Contact HUB before you consider a drone for filming or aerial photography so we can advise you on the necessary coverage for your project.
Always adhere to the following:
- Fly below 400 feet
- Fly at least 5 miles away from the nearest airport or aviation facility
- Fly during daylight hours or in well-lit locations
- Maintain direct sight of the drone
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