There are some people out there who maybe thinking that I could just pick up a drone and do my aerial pictures. Well the FAA has and is cracking down on the use of unlicensed Drone operator, in a recent publication "the FAA confirmed in writing this week of the fines that can be applied. For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used commercially. More importantly perhaps, the fine for the the real estate agent who hires an unlicensed pilot is $11,000". The FAA is cracking down by searching the MLS for aerial photographs and then contacting
those Real Estate Agents and wanting to know who took those pictures.
I don't know about you but $1,100 per occurrence/flight is a hefty fine that
no one wants to have to play to the government.
Finding a licensed FAA drone operator is very important to keeping your
profits in your hands where it belongs, when finding a drone operator ask to
see a current Part 107 license. The drone operator need to have a copy of that card on them when they are flying along with registration numbers that are visible on the drone and a copy of the FAA registration numbers. Please be aware that the part 107 license is only valid for two years before they need to go back and take a recertification test at an approved testing site.
In recent days the FAA has put new rules in affect for those recreational drone flyers when it comes to flying in controlled airspace. They are now requiring a knowledge test to be able to fly in this airspace in a way limiting the flying of drones unless you live outside of the metro area.
If you have any questions about the use of FAA compliant drone pilots please feel free to contact me and we can talk about it.
Here is link to the article about the FAA fines: