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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

Set the Tone with the Drone

When it comes to promoting an event, showcasing a large area or simply dazzling an audience with a landscape shot from an aerial position – the quality of video a drone can provide goes uncontested. If you’re a real estate agent trying to sell a house, a drone would be perfect to showcase the entire property. The usual photo found on a real estate site just doesn’t convey the size. It doesn’t deliver the big picture. If you’re an event planner – you can convey the vibe of your event with an aerial video. Just check the clips below for an example. With sweeping shots, awesome landscapes and seamless footage of an event, home, etc. – it’s going to draw attention, and hold it. Drone event coverage is becoming more and more popular for marketing purposes. If you’re looking for that competitive edge, you just found it.


The Blount County Partnership

Of the various events we’ve covered for the Blount County Partnership, two of our favorite drone videos came from the Tour de Blount and The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon events. Both events involved fast-paced participants – bikers and runners – and we wanted to be able to catch all of the action with our drone. At times, the drone could barely keep up with the cyclists (its max speed is about 35mph!) but we ended up getting some awesome footage. Blount has some pretty diverse terrain, too, and we managed to capture and incorporate some unique footage that we shared with the Partnership and Vacation Races (they hosted the events).

Tour de Blount – Maryville, TN 2016

The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon – Maryville, TN 2016

Charlotte Fair – Charlotte, NC 2017

Southern Expo hosts several fairs throughout the year. We created a short video that could showcase all of the rides and attractions, and this footage ended up in several TV commercials in Charlotte, North Carolina, Huntsville, Alabama, and Bristol, Tennessee. With a smooth flight and a view of all of the rides, people from all around could see just what these fairs were made of.


When you’ve got footage like this for your event, people tend to notice. It’s not just a video that captures a lot at once – it’s fun to watch, too! If you’d like us to share your next big event, retail listing, or anything else, just give us a call at (865) 206-7296 or fill out our Contact Us form. Producing quality videos is what we do best!

Big Slate Media Team