Hiring a Drone Photographer? Read this First!
This is an update due to a glitch in the original blogpost which omitted 3/4 of the post.

Nowadays, it's pretty common to go to an event and see a drone flying through the air. The cost of purchasing a drone has come down significantly in the last few years. While there are rules that everyone must adhere to, there are many added rules and regulations once you decide to use the drone for your business.

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Drone Safety

There is so much to consider before putting a drone into the air. Do you know how this can affect you and your business?

It's pretty easy today to see that there is no shortage of Craigslist ads that offer low-cost drone photography or videography. Typically these ads are placed by someone who has a drone and is looking to make a little extra money on the side. You may want to think twice before hiring one of these individuals. At the very least, read on so you can be informed as to what questions to ask.

 Here are 4 things to be aware of when hiring a Drone Pilot:

1. FAA Certification is REQUIRED for ALL commercial Drone operations

As of August 2016, the FAA implemented the Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations. This states that a Drone pilot must qualify for a license to fly a drone commercially. The FAA issues an actual card to the pilot, and he/she should be able to present it upon request. If the pilot can’t show proof (and this is a red flag), you shouldn’t hire them. There are also flight rules that the pilot must follow to be compliant. As the hiring entity with potential liability, it’s worth reviewing the short summary of the rules.

2. Your Drone Pilot should be insured.

Most people don't realize that when you hire a drone pilot, you are also responsible for any accidents they may have during the time they are working for you. This could open you up for not only the liability of any injuries or damage, but also for any fines for illegal flights plans that may have caused these liabilities. For that reason, you should always ask to see if your drone pilot is insured for these types of incidents. 

Here is an example of what can happen when an unlicensed and inexperienced pilot is used. The pilot is looking at a steep fine and possibly some prison time.

3. A Licensed Drone Pilot is trained to recognize unsafe conditions.

In qualifying for the part 107 licensing, a drone pilot is trained in how to recognize weather conditions and hazards that may adversely affect the drone and it's flight. They are also trained in recognizing flight zone restrictions due to local airports or other events. In other words, they'll know when it's unsafe or illegal to fly. 

4. A Licensed Drone Pilot has taken the time to learn their craft.

While the computers on drones are getting better everyday, they are still computers. This doesn't mean that the pilot will capture good video or photography and that is what you are after isn't it? While there are no guarantees, it is a much safer bet to hire a drone photographer who has taken the time to do it legally and learn the best way to capture the images and video you need.


Ultimately, it's up to you to do the homework to make sure all safeguards are in place to protect yourself as well as get the best quality photos and videos possible. 

If you are interested in learning more or in booking a drone or other photography session with us, contact us here.