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Is an FAA certified drone pilot important?

Why Realtors Should Hire an FAA Certified Part 107 Drone Pilot


Most people start their home search online and drone photography is an increasingly popular way to showcase a property. Drones can capture stunning aerial shots that can help a listing stand out from the competition.

However, not all drone pilots are created equal. In order to fly a drone for commercial purposes, a pilot must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA's Part 107 drone regulations outline the requirements for commercial drone operations. Recently there have been several local cases where real estate photographers are flying their drones without the proper certification and chances are if they aren't certified they aren't insured as most insurance companies won't insure unlicensed pilots.


There are several reasons why a realtor should hire an FAA certified Part 107 drone pilot. First, certified pilots have the knowledge and skills necessary to fly safely and legally. They are also familiar with the FAA regulations, which can help to protect both the pilot and the realtor from liability.


Second, certified pilots have the equipment and software necessary to produce high-quality aerial footage. They can use specialized cameras and editing software to create stunning images that will help to sell a property.


Third, certified pilots have the experience to fly in a variety of conditions. They can handle everything from sunny skies to windy weather, ensuring that your listing is always represented in the best possible light.


If you are a realtor, I highly recommend hiring an FAA certified Part 107 drone pilot to capture aerial footage of your listings. It is a small investment that can have a big impact on your business.


Liability Reasons

In addition to the benefits of using a certified drone pilot, there are also liability reasons why a realtor should hire one. If a drone pilot is not certified, they could be held liable for any damages that occur as a result of their operation. This could include damage to property, injury to people, or even death. While rare, drones have fallen out of the sky onto expensive cars or worse inflicted minor injuries. You don't want to foot those bills!


By hiring a certified drone pilot, a realtor can help to protect themselves from these liabilities. Certified pilots have the training and experience necessary to fly safely and legally, which can help to prevent accidents from happening.


If you are a realtor, I highly recommend hiring an FAA certified Part 107 drone pilot to capture aerial footage of your listings. It is a small investment that can have a big impact on your business, and it can help to protect you from liability.

Here are some tips for finding a good drone pilot:

  • Ask for recommendations from other realtors.

  • Look for pilots who have experience shooting real estate.

  • Get quotes from several pilots before making a decision.

Once you have found a pilot, be sure to discuss your expectations and liability concerns. Make sure that the pilot has the appropriate insurance and that they are familiar with the FAA regulations.


By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you are hiring a safe and reliable drone pilot who can help you sell your listings.

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