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Questions to Ask Your Drone Service Provider
Safe? Ethical? Experienced? FAA Certified? Legal? Licensed? Insured?
The number of providers offering drone-based commercial aerial photography, videography and data gathering services is rapidly increasing. Unfortunately, not all drone service providers are created equal. Selection of a qualified provider breaks down into two major categories:
Many drone operators, as well as their prospective Clients, are unaware that FAA regulations specifically govern the safe use of this technology and prohibit the use of drones for commercial purposes unless 1) the drone is registered with the FAA and 2) the pilot holds a Remote Pilot Certificate with an sUAS rating. Clients should verify pilot credentials and aircraft registration before hiring a drone service provider.
2) Safety, Ethics, Experience and Professionalism
Even if they are Certified Remote Pilots, many operators lack the necessary insurance and competence to operate drones safely, ethically and professionally. The quality of the final deliverable often depends on the skills and artistry of the operator - and these skills can vary widely. Here too, Clients should verify qualifications by asking to see samples of an operator’s work before hiring them, as well as verifying safety practices and procedures, business license and insurance credentials.
Here is a list of questions and considerations for anyone seeking to hire a drone service provider . . .
Certification and Documentation – Ask to See it!
Crew and Roles
Safety and Operating Procedures