Flying a drone for commercial purposes in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area can be a complex maze to navigate. As a Commercial FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot, I am familiar with and abide by the rules and regulations, including maintaining visual line-of-sight with the aircraft, not flying over people, flying between sunrise and sunset, not flying above 400 feet above ground level, and avoiding Class B, C, D, and E airspaces without air traffic control authorization. The full list of rules can be found in this link to “CFR 14 Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems” and please note that many of the Part 107 rules are waivable through a written request to the FAA, which we can discuss during our initial consultation if needed.
Cruising Altitude Photography strictly adheres to the DC Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and cannot fly within the 15-mile buffer zone around Reagan DCA Airport. If you have any questions whether your particular location is within the FRZ, the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), or controlled airspace, please reach out and we can take a look at the aeronautical/sectional charts together to confirm.
Privacy Concerns: Lastly, with drones flying through the air and gaining access to areas not typically accessible to photographers, there are obvious concerns to an individual’s privacy and I take those concerns very seriously. I support the “Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability”, put out by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in 2016 and fly in a responsible, transparent, and safe manner at all times. If you feel that one of my videos or photographs has not complied with a Part 107 rule or one of the best practices for UAS privacy, transparency, and accountability, please reach out and let me know your feedback.