Drones and airports don’t usually combine in information headlines – federal rules require operators to get permission to fly inside 5 miles of an airport. But as business drones grow to be increasingly vital, even airports want drone providers. On April 11th, 2018, “the first commercial UAS (unmanned aircraft system, more commonly known as a drone) flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport took place,” experiences Cinematic Aerospace, the Long Island-based drone firm that carried out the mission. “The UAS was flown at the heart of JFK, the TWA Flight Center, to film for an upcoming documentary on the construction of the new TWA Hotel and the history of the vintage airport terminal.”
The flights had been the results of months of planning. The firm says that that they had a number of conferences and methods assessments with airport managers and authority, the FAA, air site visitors management, danger administration groups, JetBlue, the documentary manufacturing firm and legislation enforcement.
Cinematic Aerospace described the mission:
UAS Pilot-in-Command Christian Tucci and Visual Observer Kyle Hurley carried out 5 flights within the span of the permitted flight window. A DJI Inspire 2 climbed to a most altitude of 200 toes whereas maneuvering in numerous arcs over the historic TWA terminal constructing, designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen in 1962. All flights had been carried out with steady visible line-of-sight to the UAS, and a flight crew working from a stringent sequence of procedures and checklists. The Inspire 2 leveraged for this operation was operated with no tether, and permitted to freely carry out its mission, inside the permitted flight space at JFK.