Why your Drone Pilot needs to have a Part 107 Certification
The Federal Aviation Administration requires the Part 107 certification to operate your drone for commercial purposes. It is vital to make sure that any drone pilot you hire for your business has this certification. Federal authorities require this certification for anyone using a drone for business. This certification is still required if you intend to use drone photographs or videos for your own business. For example, if you showcase your product on your website using drone footage, you are required by the F.A.A. to have this certification. Otherwise, you are breaking federal regulations and could be subject to penalties.
The Part 107 exam is an intense test that ensures that a drone pilot understands all aspects of flying a drone. There are seven sections to the exam. They are rules and regulations, National Airspace System, Weather, Loading and Performance, and Airspace and Sectional Charts.
Having a certified drone pilot performing your drone operators allows you to rest assured that you have a competent pilot familiar with rules and regulations concerning safety and operations.
Fines are steep for operating without the required certification. Also, you may not be familiar with the rules and regulations that are potentially broken. One drone pilot was fined $182,000 in 2020. This fine was for multiple violations, including operating without a Part 107 certification (National Review).
Using images taken by a drone for your business can make a difference in your bottom line. However, it is imperative to ensure your pilot is adequately certified.
https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/aviation/uas/Pages/commercial-operators.aspx, Retrieved on 2/14/2021
Drone FAA 107 License Study Guide Everything you need to know to pass your 107 Test the 1st Time, (2015-2020) Damon Darnell, ISBN -13 978-1727096538
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/faa-fines-drone-pilot-182000, Retrieved on 2/14/2020
New Manufacturer of Drones to Arrive Soon
The drone market will see a new supplier soon. Sony has recently announced that they will start to manufacture drone camera/videography products in the spring of 2021. The new line of drones will be known as “Airpeak.” This is exciting news for drone enthusiasts and commercial drone pilots alike. More competition in the market only can be beneficial to consumers purchasing their products. It will force companies to keep pricing competitive and continually innovate their product line.
Sony has not announced many details on the product as of yet. Sony put an image of the drone on their website.The company stated the Airpeak drone will lead in the area of the “creation of the unprecedented value through its imaging and sensing technology as well as 3R technologies (Reality, Real-time and Remote) in the drone area. (Sony.net).” It seems as though the product will be marketed toward professional photographers who are already well familiar with quality Sony products. The hobbyist will need to continue to enjoy DJI drones which is the current market leader. Although more competition could lead to lower prices, I am speculating this product will have a high price tag.
It will be interesting to see how people react to the rollout of this innovative, new product. I know many have called for more competition with DJI. I believe this product introduction will only help the industry.
https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/202011/20-091E/, Retrieved on 2/21/21
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