Perspectives Drone Services pilots are all certified by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 107 of the Code of Federal Regulations as required by law. All Remote Pilots in Control (RPIC’s) are trained through a comprehensive course and has passed the original FAA and NCDOT testing / re-current testing requirements and has achieved a passing grade for all. All RPIC’s have likewise been trained on all equipment, safety protocols and all company procedures prior to being able to represent Perspectives as a RPIC. There are other crew members that could be on-location for the filming event. These are crew members and can vary from a Visual Observer to a Person Manipulating the controls (requires certified RPIC supervision). All crew members are trained to know the requirements of the systems they are working with as well as all company policies, processes, and procedures.
TRINITY Registration number (DJI Air 2S): FA3KAHFHNC
NEO Registration number (MAVIC AIR 2): FA3MH7MFMR
Business Liability $1,000,000 per occurrence, $3,000,000 Maximum
Cyber Incident Response $250,000
Drone insurance: Full coverage – DJI Care
We use high quality drones flown by professionally trained pilots certified by the FAA and NCDOT. We take safety very seriously so each project will be handled and controlled to ensure all safety precautions, both on the ground and in the air, are met. We will meet with you at your property to do a complete assessment of the requirements to make certain that things are run smoothly and safely. We will remain in compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws at all times.
From the DRONE SERVICE PROVIDERS ALLIANCE:
Let’s talk a very little bit about the recreational exception to 107. This is where we see the VAST majority of issues when it comes to not having a 107.
We hear this all the time: “I’m not charging for my services”; “It’s just part of my job, so I don’t need a 107”; “I only charge for editing”; or “I only take photos for friends to use in their business”. Every single one of those excuses is a definite violation of 14 CFR Part 107 and carries the distinct possibility of an FAA fine. And those fines range from $1100 per occurrence, up to $32,600 per occurrence in civil penalties. And if the violation warrants criminal charges, those can range up to $250,000 per occurrences, and/or prison time. Obviously unlikely for illegal use for real estate, but the FAA takes this stuff very seriously.
And did you know that someone who knowingly hires a drone pilot who doesn’t have a Remote Pilot Certificate is liable for up to $11,000 per occurrence? If this is something you do, you may want to start factoring that into your commission formula. So, using your friend’s son who just happen to have a drone for your photography (& you know they don’t have a 107), can end up costing you quite a bit.
Suppose a drone person flying for you says they don’t need their 107. Or suppose you’ve convinced yourself you don’t (or even worse, one of your agents has convinced you that they don’t need it). To say the FAA frowns on this behavior is an understatement.
So, is hiring an illegal drone operator (or flying a drone yourself, or not checking up on your agents) worth the risk? What is the likelihood of an incident? Odds are pretty good that if the person providing your drone imagery for your listing isn’t legal, then they’re not trained. And if they’re not trained, they have no idea what safety even means. And they’re most definitely NOT carrying insurance.
If you’re the one hiring the drone operator, ask to see a copy of their Remote Pilot Certificate. If the date on it is over 2 years old, ask to see the Recurrent paperwork too. And ask to see their insurance certificate. There are also insurance companies that offer per flight policies. If they use those, make sure they have that applied for as well. If they are a legitimate and legal Part 107 Drone Pilot, not only will they be happy to show you their certifications, they’ll likely thank you for helping keep the skies safe.
And finally, if you’re the owner of a brokerage firm, make sure your agents only use legal drone pilots. And if you have your favorite pilots, hand out a list of those preferred pilots to your agents. And if one of your agents is flying illegally, sit them down and have a nice heart-to-heart with them and explain the rules of your brokerage firm.