I’ve heard that commercial drone photography is illegal, is that true?
To fly a drone for commercial purposes you must receive a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). To qualify for this exemption, the petitioner must be a licensed pilot of full size aircraft.
Image In Flight, has received its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for Section 333 exemption for aerial data collection. Aerial data collection includes any remote sensing and measuring by an instrument(s) aboard the UA. Examples include imagery (photography, video, infrared, etc.), electronic measurement (precision surveying, RF analysis, etc.), chemical measurement (particulate measurement, etc.), or any other gathering of data by instruments aboard the UA.
Approx. 2500 Section 333 exemptions have been issued by the FAA across the country so Image In Flight is one of the few companies that can legally fly drones for commercial purposes.