It’s true. Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the “drone” legality craziness, and the FAA is getting a handle on how to proceed, in response to my previous opinion on this subject, I am now comfortable with owning and operating an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for work and play.

As I prepare for obtaining an airman certificate and commercial UAS pilot’s license, I have already purchased, registered, and flown, my new DJI Mavic Pro. I received it on Friday, got the batteries charged and had it in the air without fuss before the sun went down. Later Saturday I got the camera settings where I wanted them. On Sunday I played with the Mavic Pro around my favorite Baptist camp, Cone Oasis, which was unnoccupied by clients at the time. I had the following test video (which I treated seriously as a short film) finished a few hours later.

I’m looking forward to offering UAS aerial cinematography and photography services to my clients. For more information, please visit my Aerial Cinematography page here: http://www.jasonrjohnston.com/aerial-cinematography-photography/

Also, today is my birthday. What a nice way to celebrate and kick off the new fiscal year.