All drone pilots doing any type commercial drone work are required to be certified under 14 CFR Part 107. The definition of commercial work is very broad and most certainly includes real estate and business related photography. Insurance is not required by law, but it’s a very good idea for the photographer to have it, and for their clients to insist on it. I am certified under Part 107, and I carry substantial liability insurance for my drone operations, as well as all aspects of my photography and videography work.
- FAA compliance
When you hire a commercial drone pilot, they have a responsibility to follow the rules – regulations that were put in place by the FAA for the purpose of keeping air space safe for everyone. A licensed drone pilot will know where, when and how high they can fly. They’ll know how to get permission to fly in different classes of air space. Most recreational drone operators don’t even realize they’re flying in controlled airspace, as much of Southern California is. There are 14 airports in Los Angeles County alone, and there are strict penalties in place for those that break the rules.
It’s one thing to put a drone in the air. It’s another thing to do it safely. Licensed drone pilots spend hours learning FAA regulations – rules that were put in place to keep both people and air space safe. They know how weather, wind speed and other conditions can affect flights. A licensed drone pilot makes safety a priority.
- Liability insurance
Carrying drone insurance is a smart move where businesses are concerned. It shows that a pilot is professional and credible, despite the fact that the law does not currently require commercial drone operators to carry insurance. If you hire an uninsured or amateur drone operator, you’re putting yourself at risk, as homeowner’s policies and many commercial general liability policies do not cover damage caused by drones.
When hiring a licensed drone pilot, it’s important to factor in the level of experience that can be provided. In our case, I’m not just a guy with a drone; I’m a highly experienced and talented professional photographer and videographer. Delivering high-quality aerial footage is my priority, because my reputation is on the line and your project truly matters.
- Above and beyond
Planning a flight involves more than just takeoff. In addition to logistics like determining the class of air space and requesting permission from the FAA, there is a creative aspect to every photography and videography project. When I shoot your drone project, the entire scope of the project is factored in so you end up with aerial footage you love.