Obviously, Part 107 was a seismic shift in the drone world. In fact, if you were with us at InterDrone 2016, you remember it being a hot topic of discussion. However, in the weeks since, that discussion has evolved, changing from an preparatory debate into an examination of whether certain necessities are being observed. Simply put: We’re all wondering if we’ve dotted our Is and crossed our Ts in compliance.
While there are several components to Part 107, and there are even more rules that need following, we here at Skyvuze Technologies want to remind the drone community of a few that are easy to overlook, but are nonetheless important. Read on to learn more, and reach out to us when you’re done if you have any questions about insurance for drones.
From an operational standpoint, there’s a few things to keep in mind.
Always have a visual observer and keep your aircraft within unaided sight — that means no binoculars.
Remember you can’t fly at night. The guidelines specifically state that you can fly from 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset.
Don’t fly over anyone who isn’t participating in what you’re doing.
You can only carry external loads if they are securely attached.
You can request a waiver if your operation can be conducted safely.
Pilot Certifications are a Must
You have to go to an FAA-approved testing center and pass an aeronautical knowledge test.
If you have a Part 61 certificate that’s other than a student certificate, you have
You’re responsible for making sure your drones are safe before flying — unless you meet the criteria for certain small UAS.
It goes without saying that you need to be respectful of private citizens and institutions; that’s why it’s critical to steer clear of private property, and never, ever use drones to collect data on people or property.
Here at Skyvuze Technologies, we’re always doing everything in our power to remind operators across the country that having insurance for their drones is of the utmost importance. Not only does that go for those operating in the commercial sector, but it also rings true for hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
Follow us on social media and let us know how you’re making out with Part 107. Also, do not hesitate to reach out and inquire about commercial drone insurance for your business.