The FAA plans to let seven movie and TV companies use drones for filming. It would reportedly mark the first time commercial drones are used in populated areas. Fred Katayama reports.
Lights, camera, altitude! That thrilling scene you see in a future movie may have been shot by a drone. A source tells Reuters the FAA plans to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft for seven movie and TV companies. Among those that might get permission: Flying Cam, which used drones overseas to shoot scenes for James Bond flicks like "Skyfall." This move would mark the first time that businesses would be allowed to use drones in populated areas in the U.S., and it would cut production costs, according to the Washington Post. In the past, the FAA has limited commercial flights to remote areas of Alaska. It said the drones would weigh less than 55 pounds and fly no higher than 400 feet. Businesses have been testing drones to see if they're viable as couriers. This week, the German logistics firm DHL will use a drone to deliver medicine to an island off the northern coast - a first in Europe. Last month, Google revealed it was developing delivery drones, showing how it delivered dog food to a remote spot in Australia. And Amazon this summer said it is seeking the blessing of regulators to test its delivery drones outdoors near Seattle.