The television and motion picture industry utilize aircraft in support of filming operations as subject aircraft, camera platforms, and behind the scenes. The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned with the safety of persons involved in the filming event and the non participating public.

Sideways sitting cameraman in helicopter being used for filming

If aircraft are flown at altitudes and/or a horizontal distance below the minimums specified by FAA regulations then a waiver or authorization is required. Film producers planning operations with aircraft that require a waiver or authorization should have their aerial coordinator contact the geographically responsible Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for assistance in obtaining the appropriate waiver or authorization.

For additional information, see the following documents:


ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF WAIVER OR AUTHORIZATION: 14 CFR PART 91, SECTION 91.119(b) and/or (c) (MINIMUM SAFE ALTITUDES)
Issue a Certificate of Waiver for Motion Picture and Television Filming

In Alaska, the FAA contacts are:

  • Juneau FSDO
    3032 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite 106
    Juneau, AK 99801
    907-790-7315

  • Anchorage FSDO
    300 W. 36th Ave, Suite 101
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    907-271-2000

  • Fairbanks FSDO
    4419 Airport Way
    Fairbanks, AK 99709
    907-474-0276