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Gazette drone policy

Drone shot of Riverside Park

Gazette photographer Anthony Wahl uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to capture images and videos from aloft.

Wahl has been Part 107 certified with the Federal Aviation Administration since 2016 for commercial use of a drone, including journalism. Certification requires passing a test covering basic knowledge of airspace and aeronautics. Vlogý also has met with law enforcement agencies in Rock County to discuss our drone policy and best practices.

Federal regulations prohibit:

  • Commercial use of UAVs weighing more than 55 pounds
  • Drone flight above 400 feet in most cases
  • Night flight
  • Flights over people not involved in the operation of the drone
  • Reckless or careless operation
  • Flight in restricted airspace without permission (airspace restrictions vary based on size and location of an airport)
  • Flight beyond the operator’s visual line of sight

If you have any questions, call the photo desk at 608-755-8233 or email photo@gazettextra.com.

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