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PPA Today: Drones: April 2017 Archives

Drones: April 2017 Archives

by Sidra Safri
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On April 27th, the FAA will begin to release their first set of UAS facility maps. These maps, which will be released over the next twelve months, show drone operators which areas, and what altitudes a drone can be safely operated.  Further, these maps will be downloadable on mobile devices with customizable views. 

Besides guiding drone operators, the newly released maps will also help the FAA in increasing the speed at which they process drone waiver applications. With the introduction of these maps, it is still important to keep in mind that they do no automatically grant authorization, but may possibly increase the likelihood of approval. 

These maps can be found at the FAA website beginning April 27th. Even with the introduction of the new maps, drone operators must still apply for any and all waivers at the Waiver/Airspace Authorization Page. Keep in mind the average turn-around time for waivers is approximately 96 days. Drone operators seeking any waivers are advised to apply 120 days in advance. For a reminder of what regulations can be waived check here

By Sidra Safri

The FAA recently introduced new restrictions over approximately 133 military facilities that go into effect today, April 14th, 2017.  These new restrictions limit drones from flying over the designated facilities to help ensure the military is able to protect sensitive information for national security purposes. 

A major component of the new provisions is to prevent drones from flying up to 400 feet within the lateral borders of the facility. Drones already were not able to fly over military facilities, but they are also now limited to how close they can come to the perimeter of these facilities. There are a few exceptions to these new restrictions, but those exceptions must be discussed directly with the facility in question. 

Violation of the new Drone Airspace restrictions can lead to civil penalties, and criminal charges. To determine which facilities fall under the new restriction visit the Notice to Airman Website here

As always stay tuned for more updates!

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For professional photographers and hobbyists alike, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) have proven to be the latest and greatest innovation for getting that perfect shot. Today, stunning aerial photos that once required a ride on a helicopter can now be captured by a small drone weighing just a few pounds. But just as the FAA has adapted its rules to compensate for growing drone usage across the industry, copyright law still applies for the owners of these images.

And soon, infringed photographers may be able to pursue a small claims process rather than having to take a case to Federal Court.  Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and thousands of other creative professionals have banded together in support of the "Fairness for American Small Creators Act," a "small claims bill" that would make it possible for small business image creators (including professional photographers) to take advantage of the U.S. copyright system for the first time since its inception!

The Act would allow for photographers, including drone photographers, whose work has been infringed upon to file for a hearing with a small claims process online without having to hire an attorney.  Additionally, copyright claims could be filed without prior registration with the Copyright Office. The maximum recovery amount would be set at a manageable $30,000, ensuring that small creators have a place to remedy their copyright infringements, while also preventing the pipeline of infringement claims from becoming clogged (like it is now). Last but not least, those who still wish to pursue their claim in Federal Court may still do so. 

Now is the time for all photographers to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill - and getting involved is easy. PPA has partnered with other leading visual arts organizations and created a Grassroots Action Team dedicated to fixing this broken copyright law. Visit and add your name to a growing roster of individuals and businesses seeking more effective copyright legislation. Once signed-up and when the bill is reintroduced, you will receive alerts and information on how or when to contact your representative. 

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By Autumn Rice

PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on topics that may interest you. Aside from being interesting, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography.

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. If you're not a member, stay tuned every month when PPAedu releases a video that's open for everyone to access! Be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access the video for that month!

This month's release is "Using Drones in your photography Business" with Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington. You can join Randy and Stacy from DJI as they explain the added value drones can generate to your photography business. Learn how to broaden your client base and expand your line of services.

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of April, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!


About this Archive

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

Drones: March 2017 is the previous archive.

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