Your firm bought a drone to use in the field. That’s great! It’ll help with so many aspects of the project and can bring your client into the build so much easier. But, just buying the drone isn’t enough to garner amazing results. You must have the knowledge and tools in place to make sure you’re using your gadget responsibly. Drones are much more than elevated cameras; professional drone programs require getting legally licensed, safety training, sometimes insurance.
Get Your Legal License
You need to qualify for a “remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating” in accordance with the FAA’s Part 107 rule to legally operate drones weighing less than 55 pounds for commercial purposes. To receive this certificate, you must pass a two-hour multiple-choice test and pay a $150 fee at one of the FAA’s many testing centers.
Do Not Skimp On Safety Training
Before you fly for clients or new jobsites, be sure to have a full understanding of your drone. Know its limitations, and yours. Just relying on instructional manuals or previous experience with a different aircraft doesn’t ensure safe, consistent results. Your pilot should know how to work with the wind and temperature, have emergency procedures defined and practiced, and should always understand any risk involved, such as low cables, site equipment, etc…
Understand Your Purpose
Before you go out in the field with your drone pilot, have a well-defined goal so your collected data enhances your project, and doesn’t simply show footage. Surveyors will likely start with a goal of an orthophoto, topographic map, and/or planimetrics. A trained pilot will know what to capture and how to ensure it’s done to assist your project.
Insurance Is Not Required, Yet
Legally, you are not required to have drone insurance, however, some clients insist on it. Drone insurance typically covers the aircraft itself (hull insurance) and the cost of anything the aircraft might damage (liability insurance).
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