This beautiful video tour of New York is the work of director/producer Nicolas Doldinger. Enjoy this taste of the Big Apple and check out this snippet from Esquire.com‘s interview with Mr. Doldinger (for the entire interview, click here.)
ESQUIRE.COM: Is what you’re doing with the helicopter legal?
NICOLAS DOLDINGER: Basically as long as it’s for personal use and below 400 feet it’s considered legal. And as long as it’s not interfering with pedestrians or traffic.
ESQ: Has anyone ever given you a hard time?
ND: No, at Union Square I would intentionally set up next to the cops, and show them that it’s not going too high, and no one ever had any questions.
ESQ: What’s your take on unmanned aircraft in general?
ND: There’s the privacy issue. What I do is create entertaining videos and work in the entertainment industry, so the privacy issue doesn’t really come into play as much as with journalism or if the government is using it. So in my case it’s just a platform like any other camera platform.
ESQ: But you think there’s room for abuse?
ND: There’s problems if it’s used for journalism or for paparazzi. Who knows what people will use it for? There needs to be some sort of legal framework that doesn’t exist yet, and that they’re working on. There’s a conference coming up in October called the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference, or DARC, hosted by NYU. I’ll be part of a work group that will be in a study with the NYU School of Law talking about exactly that, clearing out the legal grey zone that exists.