Applying for a waiver under new FAA rules 

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It’s no secret that here at McElroy Films we love being able to use drones! Specially to capture unique aerial shots. Due to safety reasons, it has been difficult to use drones in the last couple years. At McElroy we’ve encounter a few road blocks when it comes to drones, but we are adamant on moving past them in a safe and legal manner!

As we all know drones have taken to the sky and have created an industry worth about 82 billion dollars! (

2015 was named the, “The Year of the Unmanned Systems”.

At McElroy Films we were on the forefront of this opportunity when we received notice this year of our Section 333 exception from the FAA to fly drones commercially.

Drones by definition have a military stigma to them and the FAA has always considered ‘Drones’ under 4.4 pounds a UAS. UAS stand for Unmanned Aircraft System.

As of August 29th, 2016 the FAA released Part 107 to allow UAS operators to fly by seeking waivers to request a time and date to fly. The FAA recommends you need 90 days before you can fly.

More about that here:

We’ve done our research and have put together the most valuable links to filing an FAA Waiver.

In this blog you will find the key necessities and instructions to be being able to fly your drone!

Below you will find the links from how to begin to file a waiver, to the different classified airspaces. Take a look!

How to file a waiver

Finding classification of airspace

Descriptions of classifications of airspace

List of airport names/codes

Coordinates of address