It’s D(rone)-Day!

By Brandon Ballenger, immediate past president of SPJ Florida

Drone photo from website

Showing off the controls for the Phantom 3 Pro. SPJ Florida photo.

A little more than a year ago, as SPJ Florida president, I talked our board of directors into buying the latest-and-greatest drone for photography. I didn’t know it then, but we wouldn’t be able to use it the way I hoped — until now.

Commercial use of drones (which includes all media, even nonprofits) was completely illegal at the time unless you had a professional pilot’s license and special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration — because you totally need to understand the mechanics of a Boeing 747 or how to fly a hot air balloon to operate a two-pound flying camera. To read more, link HERE.


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