FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot

Today I got my Airman Certificate for the FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot. I am now able to charge for my services. I cannot wait till springtime.

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”

~ Lewis Grizzard
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Why this is important for my clients?

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur!”

Realtors are being told, “The pilot would face a fine of $1,100 per violation…while the person [The Realtor] who causes the operation could be liable for a fine of $11,000…”

This is called Blue hour, especially the one in the evening, is probably the most popular time of day to take cityscape photography with dazzling city lights illuminated. This is shooting the Last 10 Minutes of Dusk or for Sunrise the First 10 minutes of Dawn. [DJI Mavic Air 2, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/25, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 24)]

A $182,000 fine was issued to a drone pilot in Philadelphia in December 2020.

Roswell, Georgia City Hall [DJI Mavic Air 2, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/500, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 24)]

Here are some guidelines for drones

  • In order to charge for drone aerial photograph, you MUST be a FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot
  • Non-Certified Drone Pilots can and will be fined – $1,414 per violation
  • Do not fly higher than 400 feet
  • Try not to fly over any moving vehicles or people when possible
  • Keep your drone within eyesight at all times
  • Remain a safe distance away from others property and unprotected people
  • Notify any airports ahead of time if flying within 5 miles of an airport
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions or under the influence of substances
  • Don’t fly near any sensitive areas (power plants, water treatment plants, prisons, major highways, etc.)
  • Don’t invade other’s privacy with photos or videos

PetSuites Roswell, Georgia
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The reason you hire a licensed drone pilot has as much to do with them flying by the rules of the Federal Aviation Administration, than just how good their photos and videos are for you.

Give me a call and let’s plan to make the most of this coming springtime.

Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia [DJI Mavic Air 2, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/400, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 24)]