Aerial Footage of Los Angeles Proving Drones Have the Best View
If you've never been to Los Angeles—or even if you have—Ian Wood's aerial footage of the metropolis might be the best way to experience it from afar. Many of the city's landmarks are included (although a few are unfortunately missed—the Gabba Gallery, a few Lautner homes, the LAX Theme Building). The video is a follow-up to Stone's previous jaunt around L.A. where he explored 50 locations around the downtown and arts districts.
The thing that make this footage ever more intriguing is Stone's attentive protocol to shooting scenes with a drone, which is what he calls "Droning For Good."
With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.
My Drone Protocol
- Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
- Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
- Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
- No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
- Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
- Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
- Avoid “loitering" next to residential homes and apts.
- Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
- Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.
If you're looking to pay a visit to the locations featured on Stone's video, there's a map out there to guide you. Check out his video below:
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.