Drone use, or the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), in productions is becoming increasingly popular across the nation. As such, the regulatory framework surrounding drone use continues to evolve and change. The Texas Film Commission encourages productions to refer to the online resources below to learn more about responsible and safe flying in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), state and local regulations.
The State of Texas’s Government Code regarding use of unmanned aircrafts details what is permissible use (423.002) and what is considered an offense (423.003, 423.004, 423.0045, 423.0046). Contact the local municipality you’re filming in to see if they have their own additional regulations.
The FAA requires that UAS owners register their UAS prior to operation. This rule pertains to UAS weighing more than 0.55 lbs and less than 55 lbs. If you want to fly your UAS for commercial use, you must follow the FAA’s set of operational rules (known as “Part 107”.)