On October 10, 2016 I became a licensed UAV pilot and started making preparations to offer aerial video and photography to all of my clients. I currently have two aircraft in the hanger and depending on the needs of the creative, we can utilize either or both to create the perfect shot or sequence. I also have a licensed airplane pilot at the ready if the shot requires that platform.
FAA Part 107 Licensed and Fully Insured Pilot!
The FAA is now requiring all UAV, or drone flights, used for commercial purposes such as photography or videography, be performed by a licensed pilot. As frustrating as that may be to some, it really does make sense. The FAA wants to know that the flights being performed are done by capable and safe operators – which should be the desire of anyone hiring a pilot to shoot their project as well.
When scheduling an aerial shoot, be ready to add time to your schedule for any necessary prep work necessary before the flight(s) can be done. Depending on the location of the shoot, your pilot may have to gain permission to fly in the airspace, along with permissions of landowners, weather delays, permits etc.
If you are interested in getting a quote for your next project, I will gather all of the necessary information to give you a comprehensive estimate that will include all of the variables that will help make the flights a great success. Spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to start planning!