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How to Obtain Your Drone Film Permit in Los Angeles

Updated: Jan 30

In the ever-evolving landscape of aerial cinematography, obtaining a drone film permit is a crucial and necessary step for capturing breathtaking footage legally and responsibly. The process can be complex. Collaboration between production and the drone company is essential to compile all necessary documents.

We have extensive knowledge of the criteria and rules outlines by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and FilmLA. That is key because your film location may fall within restricted airspace. In that case, your drone film permit won't be approved without airspace approval from the FAA.

In addition to ensuring your drone operation is allowed by the FAA, you also need to know and understand restrictions the location may have, whether it's a park, beach, or public roadway. We have successfully permitted locations for drone filming, including airports, beaches, parks, highways and city streets.

Required documents include a certificate of drone liability insurance policy, FAA part 107 certificate for the drone operator, a Plan of Activities (POA) and drone registration, all of which need to be provided by the drone company.

Our FAA certified pilots fly for production companies regularly and possess a thorough understanding of the requirements for successful drone filming.

We are here to streamline the process for you. Once you've identified the location, reach out to us, and we'll gladly provide an assessment, guiding you through the required steps for your production. We look forward to working with you.

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