Why you shouldn't use some Professional drone companies for real estate photography. What questions to ask before you do.
well lets just say I was on a job with a client at a multi million dollar house and my competition crashed his drone at our feet. Let me just describe this guy "the drone crashing guy". When his car pulled up It was wrapped with his company logo and looked legit. Me being the competition I was kind of nervous. I thought to myself "some young gun was going to get out of the car with the latest and greatest toys to shoot real estate photos." But When this guy got out of the car he was nothing like I expected. He looked to be in his upper 50's so he was an older gentlemen. When I shook this guys hand they where shaking and I thought to myself " how could he fly a drone with shaky hands". After we shook hands I asked him what equipment he was using he said "a DJI Inspire 1". A DJI Inspire 1 is a good drone but it was not the best. So me being the competition I asked him what he thought of the Freefly Alta 8 ( A heavy Lifter drone). His reply kind of shocked me because he had no clue of the brand or what it even was. Him being a "professional drone pilot" should know what that is.
I am actually Looking for investors to help me buy one for my production company wink wink. Anyways after all that I thought to myself this is going to be interesting. About 30 minutes after our initial conversation the drone was crashing at our feet. Crashing a drone is bad for many reasons one being the person flying the drone loses a really expensive item and gets pretty embarrassed crashing. One huge reason I started to think about why some people should not fly drones is because that guy could of easily flown that thing right into my head or neck if I wasn't looking and cut my neck open with the blades Or he could of crashed it into my clients Lamborghini. So I started thinking about things that clients (that being you) should think about when finding A drone company to fly for you. So before you hire a drone for your next video – whether it’s for your corporate video or a commercial, knowing the difference in drones and asking these important questions should help ensure you get the footage you want. And if the cost is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Do not Just any drone pilot
1. Does Your Real Estate Drone Photographer Have a License?
on August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made it mandatory that any non-hobbyists who use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) for business uses have to get a FAA license.
What makes the part-107 license so important is that it helps make sure anything captured for your project is 100% legal and does not violate any restricted airspace or UAS laws. Someone with a license is so much less likely to put your company’s name and good reputation in danger by breaking airspace rules or flying the UAV/drone in places or times that people would find disruptive.
With a ton of licensed operators – the FAA says that the number of licensed drone pilots will surpass that of licensed airplane pilots soon. Please contact us to speak with one our FAA fully licensed drone pilots.
2. Is the drone pilot Insured?
This is another simple question. If they say that they are not, why would anyone take the risk of hiring them without it? If they do have liability insurance, it should be at least a $1 million and cover bodily injury and any property damage. Even to the most experienced drone pilot, there are so many factors that can come into play that may cause the loss of control of a drone including; a hardware of software falure, signal interference , or just a abrupt bout of bad weather.
3. WHAT IS THE DRONE PILOTS EXPERIENCE LEVEL? How LONG HAS THE DRONE PILOT BEEN IN BUSINESS FLYING DRONES?
Drones are a new and amazing business venture to be in with some guess work that the global drone industry could be worth $127 billion by the year 2020. With everyone and their mother purchasing a drone and 'starting up a drone business' and not having any prior experience or know how about aviation or flying drones it can be extremely hard to know who you are dealing with. Asking a drone pilot what their level of experience is and time frame they have been in business is a good start, but you should also be able to tell the pros from the amateurs by using the list above!
Always ask these questions.
Always ask these questions before hiring anyone to take photos for your real estate listing. When you use Virtual Home Zone you are cover in every aspect. So please contact us today! Make sure your next listing is shot professionally by virtual home zone!