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Photographer Gets News Wings Clipped

Written by Dan Mitchinson on January 14, 2014
Courtesy: The Spokesman Review

Jesse Tinsley has been a photographer at The Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington for nearly a quarter century. He is also a former pilot.

He recently combined his two loves by using a tiny remote control drone to take pictures from the sky, then posted the video and pictures on the newspaper’s website.

“A media blogger noticed it, and we chatted about and he called the FAA, and they take a very dim view of using these airplane with cameras attached for commercial purposes” says Tinsley.

Tinsley calls the use of his drone forwork a ‘gray area’ but says the FAA doesn’t see it that way. The Federal Aviation Administration is still trying to figure where to draw the lines between privacy, personal freedom and federal air space.

“I’m taking it to heart that they’re taking this very seriously, and I don’t want to cross them.” As a result, the photographer’s helicopter drone has been grounded, at least for the time being. But Tinsley says that won’t stop others.

“People are using these under the radar shooting television commercials and things where budgets don’t allow for a helecopter rental, but where a little (drone) that costs five-hundred dollars or so can simulate the same thing.”

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Photo Courtesy: The Spokesman Review

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