WHY CAN’T I USE A NON-LICENSED DRONE PILOT?
Unless someone holds a valid FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot certification/license, federal law prohibits the use of flying drones for compensation, even if agreed to on a bartering basis (e.g. exchanging aerial photographs for sporting event tickets). A pilot holding a current FAA UAS license will also appear in the FAA’s database located here. Liability for unauthorized operations can fall on both the pilot and the person who hired the pilot. 14 CFR 1.1 defines operator as: “Operate, with respect to aircraft, for the purpose (except as provided in section 91.13 of this chapter) of air navigation including the piloting of aircraft, with or without the right of legal control (as owner, lessee, or otherwise).” Someone who causes the operation can be liable as well. Regarding the civil penalty provision, the pilot would face a fine of $1,100 per violation (as an individual acting as an airman), while the person who causes the operation could be liable for a fine of $11,000 (as an individual not acting as an airman).
WHAT ARE THE CAMERA CAPABILITIES OF YOUR DRONES?
All drones have cameras with gimballed stability on all three axis for buttery-smooth 4K video. Still photographs can either be taken from screenshots of a paused 4K-video or still photographs, timelapses, hyperlapses, and more can be taken in the air. FLIR/infrared cameras can be used for select projects.
CAN I SEE RECENT WORK EXAMPLES?
Recent work examples are located at the Grand County Drone Pilot Facebook page.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
Rates can and do vary based on many factors. Please fill out this form, and I’ll then be able to give you the best rate information: https://bit.ly/faa107. For ballpark estimates, rates are generally $250 to $1,500 depending on the factors determined in the form. (Changing locations, complexity of the flight area, extensive video footage editing puts things on the more expensive end).