As of August 29, 2016, the new drone regulations – part 107 were adopted.
In order to operate a drone legally for commercial purposes, certification is necessary. Flying without a certificate can result in stiff fines and penalties for both parties. More importantly, the FAA is checking after the fact. For instance, if your aerial photography or video is for the web for the purpose of listing a property, even if you did the aerial yourself it is very likely you will receive a phone call and a fine. how do I know this? It happened to me which is why I became certified!
I have been trained by the FAA to be safe
The FAA made it clear from the start, the importance of safety. But until I actually went through the learning and testing process did I begin to understand why. The FAA requires us to do preflight checks, regular maintenance, and assess the surroundings like flying into a restricted area.
I am glad I went through the process of becoming certified, because I now understand how dangerous a situation can become for an untrained hobbyist.
Hire a professional Drone Pilot
Yes. There is value in hiring a professional. To become certified I was trained to read aeronautical sectional charts, meteorological weather reports, and “Notice to Airmen” or Notams – a document that reports temporary restrictions like the president coming to town.
A plausible and real possibility could be that an inexperienced hobbyist unwittingly flies into an area that is just been temporarily restricted. An uncertified hobbyist has no idea how to investigate restrictions in the area that they will be flying. Their day and your day could go bad very quickly. The solution? Hire a certified drone pilot!
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