Hey everybody, just wanted to pass on some info about dealing with the FAA and NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen).
I have been traveling around the country shooting with a Phantom 3 Pro for an MTV show.
I start the process as soon as production can give me the info.(welcome to reality TV!)
You will need a pretty good idea of locations and time frame.
First I use "airmap" which is a great app for getting local contact info for heliports, schools, etc.
Then I go to skyvector.com, which are sectional maps, to get exact Latitude/Longitude of where I will be operating.
Then I call the FAA (877-487-6867) to get a NOTAM registered
The FAA will ask you for the following info:
- Lat/ Long of area for the operation
- Proximity to local airports especially anything within 5 NM
- Radius of operation (NM)
- Height of operation (AGL)
- Date and time (local or Zulu)
- your name and contact info
- Organization name
They will then issue a NOTAM #.
I keep this info with me when shooting incase anybody asks me if I have permission, etc.
And it reassures the producers that you are doing your due diligence.
Hope this helps!