Operating your sUAS under Controlled Airspace
The bottom line is that no matter the magnitude of your project production, both manned and unmanned aircraft within the same airspace need to know the whereabouts of one another at all times. Without following the proper precautions the level of risk is greatly increased. Open communication is key to providing successful aerial production services because it maintains piece of mind and basic human safety.
1. First things first... Check the Airspace of the location you are looking to fly under.
There are great applications online that will do most of the work for you when it comes to checking the Airspace as well as which Authority has jurisdiction over a specific area. Something to keep in mind when planning an Aerial Shoot is that you could encounter not only Controlled Airspace, but Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and Restricted or Special Use Airspace (a.k.a No Drone Zones).
2. Apply for an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA)
You can find it at the link below:
Submit the right Latitude and Longitude for your COA:
3. Plan ahead, your COA may take over a month to get approved.
As a citizen and an sUAS Pilot, thank you for taking the proper steps to keep our communities safe, as well as strengthen our Airspace alliance.