A Complete Guide To Hiring a Drone Pilot
According to a recent Goldman Sachs article, the drone industry is estimated to be a hundred billion dollar market by 2020 — with further growth predicted beyond that. There’s many businesses in all industries looking to utilize drones to solve problems.
Through all the excitement of hiring a drone pilot, there’s a lot that can be overlooked and could spell serious legal implications for a business, if not done properly. Outlined below is a guide to ensure that your business hires the right drone pilot to fly safely, legally, and responsibly. These are important questions that you should ask a drone pilot for in this logical order.
Ask for FAA license pilot number
A drone pilot is a legal drone pilot licensed by the FAA through a standardized test called Part 107. This test is what gives a drone pilot his/her legality to fly a drone commercially for compensation. There’s a lot of important information covered under this rule, and it’s up to the drone pilot to determine safe and legal flight for whomever they’re flying for. If a drone pilot doesn’t have this FAA certification, you CANNOT hire them as a legal drone commercial operator.
Ask for insurance
After asking for a drone pilot’s license number, ask for proof of insurance. Drone insurance typically starts off at $1,000,000 for liability coverage that covers a wide variety of serious situations that a drone could get into. Without drone insurance, liability falls directly on the drone pilot and potentially also on the business that hired them to fly. If a pilot doesn’t have insurance, do not hire them.
Ask for content
If you’ve reached this point after asking for their FAA license number and insurance, there’s one more important question to ask — that is, for their actual work. Hiring someone who hasn’t created content with their drone isn’t taking their craft seriously. Like any other creative work, there should be a quality portfolio in which a drone pilot has created throughout their time spent flying to present to potential clients. Without content, there’s no example of previous work to show, therefore, shouldn’t be taken seriously as a creator.
Through proper due diligence for your business, asking these important and legal questions will ensure great success for your drone aspirations. Without asking for these key pieces of information, you’re potentially putting human lives at risk — as well as property. As a responsible business owner, ask these legal and necessary questions before hiring a drone pilot.
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About the author: Kyle Coghlan is a social media producer, insured Part 107 Drone pilot, and live streaming personality.