Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Journalism and Media

Remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) have huge potential for newsgathering and media production. Highly capable camera-equipped RPAs’ costs are falling dramatically and their small size will allow single journalist operation. Using RPAs can save the lives of journalists and film crews. But, RPAs are “aircraft” and flight rules are set by the FAA: it is unused to dealing with issues raised by media needs because it focuses primarily (rightly) on safety.


This session aims to (i) define main FAA-lobbying points/issues; (ii) start the process of drafting guidelines for use of drones for newsgathering/media production; and (iii) create a US-based, media-users-of-drones network, to merge with efforts in Europe and elsewhere.