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Palm Beach Photographics, Lantana Airport, 33462
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In 2015, we received an FAA waiver allowing us to use Drones for commercial photo/video. - more
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In 2015 we received an FAA waiver to legally fly drones for commercial purposes

No insurance? - No license? - No experience or aviation education? Been doing this since I got a drone for my birthday? - Never heard of 'Bravo' airspace, extended runway centerline, descent profile? - My drone has a GoPro camera! Any of this sound scary? - it is. Very scary. Taking photos of a property from the street is harmless, but sending a flying camera into our congested airspace is an entirely different assignment.

In the 1980's Palm Beach Photographics began producing aerial images from fixed wing aircraft, using film cameras. In 2015, the FAA issued us a waiver to use unmanned drones for aerial acquisition, where legally able, for commercial purposes. The FAA has sanctions for breaking the law, and presumably for hiring someone to break the law. Fines are in the tens of thousands of dollars!

Palm Beach Aerials is owned and operated by an FAA Licenced Pilot. We have FAA certification to fly a drone. We've been at this for 30 years, full time. Not only is this what we do, it's what we've ALWAYS done. We have pride of workmanship, are on-time, competant, professional, and have always delivered as promised.

Make certain you're not held responsible for harm caused by illegal commercial use of a drone!


Drone Crash Injury Facts:

Drone crash injuries have serious ramifications. Take the young lady pictured at left, who was hospitalized after a photographer's drone malfunctioned and struck her head.

Drones are powerful compact machines; do not underestimate the damage they can cause. More about Drone Lawsuites here

In South Florida, there are hundreds of square miles, (tens of thousands of acres), of 'no drone zones' prohibited by the FAA.

Drones do not show up on radar, and don't have any communication with ATC, creating a very dangerous potential hazard.

This photo on the right shows just how close some smaller airports are to very urban communities.



The chart below shows just SOME of
the restricted airspace in our area -
Here are a few relevant headlines;

5 mile airspace


"Once again an irresponsible drone user puts lives and property at risk. ... are begging for government intrusion with this behavior." - Network World July 2015

FAA Says Irresponsible Drone Use Is Increasing

"Unauthorized flights have gone as high as 10,000 feet, increasing the possibility that a drone could collide with an aircraft, causing significant problems. ...cannot be flown over 400 feet or anywhere near airports from the FAA, but it has "levied civil penalties for a number of unauthorized flights… and has dozens of open enforcement cases."

"Pilots’ drone sightings climb perilously high" - Aug 2015

"WASHINGTON — Pilots have reported more than twice as many drone sightings this year than in all of last year, government regulators say, raising concerns about the potential for a deadly collision"

"It’s hard to believe that something as small as a model aircraft, that can be ordered online by anyone, could pose a threat to fire-fighting aircraft—and, so, to the people and property in the way of that fire. But the danger, not only to emergency aircraft but also to commercial and private flights, is in fact very real and getting worse. The fact is, a drone can damage an airplane easily, and in some cases bring it down" - July 2015

"Safety Risks, Rise in Novices Pose Challenge for Burgeoning Industry" - Wall Street Journal Aug 2015


The FAA encourages the public to report unauthorized drone operations to local law enforcement, and to help discourage any dangerous, illegal activity.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by Aug. 9 of this year.

Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

Pilots of a variety of different types of aircraft — including many large, commercial air carriers — reported spotting 16 unmanned aircraft in June 2014, and 36 the following month. This year, 138 pilots reported seeing drones at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet during the month of June, and another 137 in July.

Meanwhile, firefighters battling wildfire blazes in the western part of the country have been forced to ground their operations on several occasions for safety reasons when they spotted one or more unmanned aircraft in their immediate vicinity.

The FAA says it will continue to work closely with industry partners through the “Know Before You Fly” campaign to educate unmanned aircraft users about where they can operate within the rules. The agency is also supporting the National Interagency Fire Center’s “If You Fly, We Can’t” efforts to help reduce interference with firefighting operations.

However, the FAA also is working closely with the law enforcement community to identify and investigate unauthorized unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA has levied civil penalties for a number of unauthorized flights in various parts of the country, and has dozens of open enforcement cases.

So what are your options? Engage a licensed, experienced professional.

Consider hiring an aerial photographer that's been in business for decades. A firm that uses a crew with a commercial pilot, plus a seasoned aerial photographer. You may think you can't afford this, but the truth is, you can't afford not to take the legal route.

At palmbeachaerials, we fly a real manned aircraft, with a pilot sporting thousands of hours flight time. The photographer has been full time since the 1980's and well versed in producing quality, on time images. Our aircraft is safe, insured, and FAA certified, with regular mechanical inspections. Our camera gear on board is always state of the art, and we carry numerous optically stabilized lenses. Each lens cost thousands, and is typically more expensive than an entire drone.

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