| #4 astro_wanabe
||Oct 09, 2012 03:06 PM
I'm most certainly no expert, but I'm pretty sure that if they wanted to do the flying themselves they'd need one of those waivers from the FAA (probably not going ot happen). They MIGHT be able to have a "hobbyist" do the flying then donate the film to them (meaning NO compensation AT ALL). Of course there's the question of what type of video quality they want. Are they willing to settle for unstabilized GoPro or keychain cam footage, or would they need to find one of the more serious AP flyers with a better camera rig? Also is this just for a quick top-down view to show the extent of the parade (which would require a short flight, possibly conducted near but not over the actual route) or do they want to cover the entire parade (which could require several hours of flight time)?
It would probably be safer (and produce better video) to use roof / balcony access or a crane as others have said. Think of the big televised parades (new year's / thanksgiving) - there's the Goodyear blimp that's used for quick aeiral views, but the vast majority of footage comes from cranes or other camera placements along the route. That's the nature of parades, they move past the spectators, so you can have 1 stationary camera on the ground and still see all the floats with good detail. A crane can get a lot closer to floats/groups for detail shots than many would be comfortable seeing an RC aircraft getting.