Drone Regulations: Is the Sky the Limit?

Drone regulations have only recently come into existence, and we can expect more of them in the future. Most people aren’t aware that you can’t operate a drone for commercial purposes without a Remote Pilot’s License from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), known as a Part 107. The test is challenging and goes into extreme detail with questions concerning airspace regulations, weather operations, airport protocols and more. A Part 107 Certification allows an individual or agency to capture aerial images and videos and sell them as stock imagery. It also allows you to work with film productions and events such as concerts, real estate, weddings, etc.


With such a maneuverable and capable device, this level of responsibility warrants drone regulations for safe practice. This is a heavily-regulated operation – if you wanted to fly within five miles of an airport, for instance, you’d need a COA (Certificate of Authorization) from the FAA with 90 days’ notice. You’re also legally required to have a spotter with a drone operator at all times. One could say drone operation is taken so seriously, it’s not even remotely funny. We can drone on and on about this, but we think you get the picture. Terrible puns. Moving along.


Drones are becoming more and more common. With great drones comes great responsibility!

We’re Collecting Certifications Like Trading Cards!

So, what makes us so special from the other handful of drone operators in the area? We’re unique in that we’ve got the Part 107 certification and a Part 61 certification – for sport piloting! Our own President, Jonathan Halley, is literally in the clouds almost as much as he’s on the ground. If you’re bold enough, you can even catch a ride with him in his powered parachute. Author’s note: I’ve been once before, and it was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done. So cool.

Drone Regulations - Powered Parachute

Big Slate Media’s President, Jonathan Halley, casually cruising around Knoxville. Riding in a powered parachute is a RUSH!

Drone Regulations in the Future…

It’s getting to the point in today’s world that a lot of people have their own Part 107 certifications, and that could be problematic. Why? Well, the certification doesn’t require proof of ability, meaning there’s no test on how well you can pilot a drone. Rumor has it the FAA will soon require aspiring commercial drone operators to get a full private pilot’s license. We’re well on our way to getting certified for that, too. Stay tuned for pictures of Captain Halley in his plane!

Insurance isn’t required for this sort of thing, but it’s something we offer our clients. Depending on the event we’re covering, we offer a $1-3 million dollar policy. Safety and security are our utmost concern.

Also, have you checked out our 2017 Drone Videography Reel?

So, what do you think? If you’ve got an event coming up and you’re looking for the best kind of coverage, just give us a call at (865) 291-0005 or contact us online!


Big Slate Media Team