With the regulations, is a drone even worth it?

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  1. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Selling prints is editorial, not commercial.

    State park regulations aren't FAA regs and may be more about preserving the tranquility of the parks than being about commercial purposes for flying a drone in the state park.
    It would suck to be in a state park that has as many drones flying around as birds flying around.


     
  2. benhasajeep

    benhasajeep No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The FAA does not see it that way! If your using a drone for pay. No matter if you take a picture or not. Or make a print or give a digital file. It requires a commercial drone license! It's the act of using the drone itself and money exchaning hands.
     
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    It doesn't even have to be money. Bartering for something is considered commercial (including 'recognition'). Even if you receive a handful of belly button lint for a drone image, you're considered 'paid'.
     
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    Actually, yea bartering goods, for a service would be considered commercial by the FAA. And they are very strict with rules for private pilots and commercial like flights. But they do allow sharing of expenses on a "private" flight. Many have pushed that leeway a little too far. But it happens all the tme. The private pilot has to have an actual reason to be going to the destination. And the passenger who would like to go there can "share" in the expenses of the trip. They will let that go as long as the "share" is not too obvious like 30/70 pilot / pax. Can probably get away with 40/60. Some push it, and got their tail feathers trimmed some.
     
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    darkblue-x TPF Noob!

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    lolsy, but could potentially work.
    if the balloon malfunctions though, RIP to your cam.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    And drones malfunction as well. RIP the drone AND the camera.
     
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  7. NancyMoranG

    NancyMoranG Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have been thinking of getting one too...back to original question...
    Is it worth getting one with restrictions on using them?
     
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    It all depends on what you want to do and where at. If you want to use them primarily to do things and get shots in areas that are known to be harder on them, then maybe it wouldn't be. But there are a LOT of places out there to fly that are perfectly fine.
     
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    Regulations? Meh.
     

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