Gazette drone policy

Drone shot of Riverside Park

Gazette photographers use a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to capture images and videos from aloft.

Both photographers have been Part 107 certified with the Federal Aviation Administration since 2016 for commercial use of a drone, including journalism. Certification requires passing a test covering basic knowledge of airspace and aeronautics. The Gazette also has met with law enforcement agencies in Rock County to discuss our drone policy and best practices.

Federal regulations prohibit:

  • Commercial use of UAVs weighing more than 55 pounds
  • Drone flight above 400 feet in most cases
  • Night flight
  • Flights over people not involved in the operation of the drone
  • Reckless or careless operation
  • Flight in restricted airspace without permission (airspace restrictions vary based on size and location of an airport)
  • Flight beyond the operator’s visual line of sight

If you have any questions, call the photo desk at 608-755-8233 or email

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