Originally Posted by Tom Harper
I was told by Jim Williams (FAA) that any contract or written agreement is the problem. Any contract makes it "commercial".
So, in your case it was 'recreation'. I fear that some fine lines are going to be drawn in the future.
Thats great news for the independent pilot. I never have a 'UAV piloting contract' when i fly. i assume full responsibility and go for it.
FYI I also flew a Romney campaign rally with 10,000 people and my camera downlink feeding a live jumbotron at the stadium. My gear was searched by secret service and I had an agent standing next to me as i flew.... That one was the most intense.
No written contract though, although I don't think the secret service were concerned about anything except safety. They were VERY INTERESTED in my rig, and i got to ask some "always wanted to know" questions too...
I am currently promoting safe & helpful uses for drones here in Detroit. Check out this commercial we did for Doritos...