A few months ago we produced a series of aerial takes using drones for HEINEKEN. Beyond overcoming some difficulties our Spanish-Dutch team realized in the “uncertainty” of the legal situation. Flying drones, according to the Aviation Safety regulations, was not easy. The rules were not clear, or rather, were ridiculously meticulous in some aspects. We decided to apply the strategy of “not making too much noise” which, in our own slang means apply the logic: don´t fly the drone in public places, avoid power lines or never fly over a road or highway, among others.
This post was already on my mind since a couple of weeks, but the announcement made by the Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, has somehow prompted this post. She recently declared wanting to “take advantage of the great economic potential of this emerging industry.” It is important, that we must create a framework that allows us to adapt “to the development of new technologies while ensuring the safety,” stated the minister. I completely agree with that. The European Commission estimates that over the next decade this industry will monopolize 10% of the aviation market.
This new situation could create a host of new products and services, jobs in areas or sectors as diverse as research and development operations, fire fighting, aerial surveys, filming and surveillance, aerial advertising and emergency operations, search and rescue, and so on.
Here are some of the ideas to take into consideration:
a) To ensure safety, for the moment, the no-fly towns and cities rule remains.
b) The type of aircraft authorized will be divided in three categories. Less than 2 kilos, drones weight up to 25 kilos and those with more than 25 kilos aircraft weight.
c) Common to all the drones will be the obligation of carry an identification plate.
d) Professional pilots of drones must hold any pilot certificate proving their skills.
e) Despite the above, it should be noted that one of the main contributions of this framework refers to the no need for registration in the Register of Aircraft Registration for those drones weighing less than 25 kilos.
I consider that the current drone regulation represents a great opportunity for all Companies providing Production Services in Spain. In comparison with other European countries, way more restrictive, we can conclude that in Spain, and for the moment, we have a good legal framework for aerial filming with drones.
Drones with Cameras by @Paulino_Cuevas