SHOTOVER U1 Becomes First FAA Approved Heavy-Lift Unmanned Aerial System in the World to Fly Film and Digital Cameras Up to 88lbs
SHOTOVER, a developer of high-performance stabilization platforms, announced today that the SHOTOVER U1 has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly film and digital cinema cameras with a maximum take off weigh of up to 88lbs. The approval makes the SHOTOVER U1 the first, and only, ready-to-fly heavy-lift unmanned aerial system (UAS) to fly in the world to be approved by the FAA for use in the motion picture, television and commercial production industries.
“The FAA approval for the U1 is the culmination of countless hours of hard work by the SHOTOVER team and drone specialist Victor Lee,” said SHOTOVER CEO Brad Hurndell. "This approval enables productions to push the limits of their aerial shots and employ the same professional-grade cameras and lenses they choose for their principal photography.”
The FAA weight exemption was awarded after a rigorous year and a half analysis of the development, testing and safety practices implemented when producing the SHOTOVER U1. The United States Secretary of Transportation determined the SHOTOVER U1 is safe to operate in the national airspace. Additional determining factors included the size, weight, and operational capability of the U1.
"I have flown countless UAS platforms and the U1’s unprecedented safety features, and capabilities far surpass anything I have used," said drone specialist and pilot Victor Lee. “The SHOTOVER U1 gives me the confidence to focus on the creative aspect of filmmaking rather than dividing my attention, wondering if the system will remain operational.”
SHOTOVER is a developer of high-performance camera systems and UAVs for the broadcast and motion picture industries. The company’s line of gyro-stabilized camera platforms offers aerial cinematographers an unprecedented level of stability, control and versatility in a compact package easily configured for 2D, 3D and Ultra HD shooting with the world’s most advanced cameras and lenses. Developed in partnership with the industry’s top aerial cinematographers, SHOTOVER systems are fully user upgradable, allowing operators to utilize new professional cameras, lenses, and accessories as they come to market. SHOTOVER is online at http://www.shotover.com