The FAA has granted six aerial photo and video operators permission to use small unmanned aircraft (UAVs) for filming on closed sets through a process the agency says provides a model for early approval of commercial UAVs for other applications.

The six operators applied for exemptions to the ban on flying commercial UAVs in national airspace in petitions coordinated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). They are The FAA is still working to approve a seventh operator, says Administrator Michael Huerta.
Film-industry operations have been authorized under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA reauthorization legislation, which allows the agency to grant regulatory exemptions for tightly controlled, low-risk operations, he says.