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PPA Today: Drones: March 2017 Archives

Drones: March 2017 Archives

By Chris Homer

Are you interested in drone photography, but aren't sure where to start? During this spring's Super 1 Day Photography Workshops (May 8 - 22, 2017) there's a number of classes that will help you learn how to become a drone photographer. Check them out below!

Springfield, MA
May 8, 2017
With John McCarthy, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI,API

Interested in turning your love of drones into a profitable expenditure? Join FAA certified instructor, John McCarthy and learn what it takes to get your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate to fly small unmanned aircraft systems. This course will help you prepare for the test as John introduces you to numerous tips and study aids in addition to online materials and practice tests from the FAA.

Drones-FAA Part 107 Prep Course
College Station, TX
May 11, 2017 & May 12, 2017 (same class, two date options!)
With Robert Norwood, Kathy Norwood, Cr.Photog., CPP

Drones are a hot item with photographers today! But unlike most aspects of photography, drone photography requires a government license. This course will teach photographers the rules and regulations required by the FAA to successfully pass the Part 107 FAA exam.

This course will cover the 5 main subject areas of the test including regulations, airspace classifications and operating requirements, weather, loading and performance, and drone operations. A sample test will be administered to prepare the participants to take the Part 107 exam upon completion of this course. Walk out ready to ace your exam!

Wayne, OK
May 18, 2017
With Larry J. Foster, M.Photog., CPP

Drones are the hot topic right now. But what is legal and what is not? What can I do with a drone and do I need a license? What is controlled airspace and how do I read a NOTAM? Confused? This class will help clear the air and help you learn the proper way to use your drone and get prepared for the FAA UAG test.

If you're looking to get started in drone photography, register for one of these classes today! Don't forget to visit for more resources on passing the FAA test, educational videos and more. 

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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by Sidra Safri 

Drone_Alert_StateBill9.pngOn February 8th, the West Virginia Senate introduced a "Drone Bill" that effectively makes it difficult for photographers to continue to use drones for aerial photography. 

Senate Bill 9 contains two harmful provisions. As it currently stands, the legislation states:

  1. If you are operating a drone within 100 feet of a structure, you must have prior consent of all owners or occupants of any pictured structures. 
  2. In order to intentionally take a photograph of another person, you must have prior permission. This also applies to large group photographs taken at weddings, fairs, etc. 

Both provisions make it extremely difficult for commercial/real estate, wedding and event photographers, making it not only impossible, but impractical, to get consent from all owners or people pictured. 

Further, these provisions are so overreaching and do not consider the actual unintended effects on consumers. Photographers will not be able to fulfill consumer expectations due to the limitations placed on them from this arbitrary law.

This bill has already passed the Senate and is currently be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, with it possibly going to a vote in the next few days.

West Virginia PPA members and those who care about visual artists and small business rights need to take action now! 

Reach out to your representative here and tell them that Senate Bill 9 is unfair to Drone Photographers! We've already done all the work for you. Reach out to your representative here and tell them Senate Bill 9 is unfair to photographers!*** West Virginia ONLY, please!

Everyone else, take note: This could be the first step in several states attempting to adopt similar legislation. PPA and your Grassroots Action Team will keep you informed so we can all stand together and fight this impediment to your small business. 

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By Bethany Clark

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Mistakes in drone safety could result in destroyed equipment, injuries, fines, and possibly even jail time. The BBC reported on the case of Paul Skinner, the 38-year-old owner of an aerial photography business in Washington state. Skinner was recently found guilty in Seattle Municipal Court of reckless endangerment and handed a $500 fine, plus 30 days in jail, after an incident during Seattle's Pride Parade in 2015.

Skinner's drone flew into a building, then dropped onto a crowd of people below, knocking a woman unconscious and leaving her with a concussion, reports the Seattle Times. A man also suffered minor bruises. 

This is believed to be the first time a drone pilot has been given a jail sentence. Read more of this story on the BBC's website and remember to keep public safely paramount when operating your drone! 

To be sure you're following best drone practices, head to and read up on all the rules, get registered, and learn about adding drone coverage to your PhotoCare and General Liability insurance... all designed to keep you informed, empowered, and protected! 

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By Autumn Rice

Drones are the newest and greatest way to diversify your photography business, and offer your clients innovative angles and photographs. But first, you have to know what you're doing. Understanding how to legally, efficiently, and correctly incorporate drones into your business will make a difference in its success or failure.

There are numerous resources available that are credible, and guarantee you get the best education about drones. From in-person Super 1 Day photography workshops to webinar sessions online, there are hundreds of ways to get in the know about drones. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions about upcoming courses and events holding drone-info sessions. 

• Airborne Over Texas is a class organized by the Texas Professional Photographers Association and is all about teaching drone users how to use drones for good and how to pass the FAA's Part 107 portion of the exam. You can also expect a drone demonstration from instructor Justin Moore!

• What's Up With Drones?: This session is part of the Super 1 Day series, this upcoming May, and is all about keeping you legal while using your drone and getting you prepared for the FAA UAG test. Staying legal is the first step to using drones for your business, so this class is a must! If you're in the Oklahoma area, check out this class!

• Thinking About Adding a Drone to Your Photography Business?: If you are considering using drones in our photography business, this class is for you. This course will discuss FAA regulations and testing and available resources, equipment cost and investment cost, insurance and opportunities for drone photography. It is part of the Super 1 Day photography workshops to be held this May and will be held twice that month in order to accommodate everyone who wants to learn.

• Drones-FAA Part 107 Prep Course: There are two dates for this Super 1 Day course. It will teach you the rules and regulations required by the FAA to successfully pass the Part 107 FAA exam and make you a licensed drone pilot. This workshop will help you review the five main areas you will be tested on, and then take a practice exam to see how you'll fair on the real thing!

These are just a few of the sessions available for your drone education. Check out to get the latest and greatest information in drone education from PPA and if you're curious about the Super 1 Day Photography Workshops coming up this May, there are more than 200 classes across the USA!

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About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the Drones category from March 2017.

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