Business Use Drones? Be Sure to Comply with Part 107

Business Use Drones? Be Sure to Comply with Part 107

Understand how Part 107 impacts your business use of drones.

More and more industries are finding new ways to incorporate drone usage, making tasks and duties easier. News broadcasters can capture unique images from above, a real estate agent can survey land, and a contractor can inspect hard-to-reach areas of a job site more safely. As important business tools for companies of all sizes, drones are growing in popularity among small businesses. However, when a drone is used for business purposes rather than recreation, it becomes subject to the small unmanned aircraft rule, also known as Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Aviation Regulations.

Part 107 makes it easier for small businesses that operate drones to comply with airspace rules. The rule opens vast opportunities for small companies to serve their customers and create unique uses for the drone. Consider some of these requirements and recommendations to stay compliant and keep safe.

Requirement: Part 107 request each person who operates the drone to hold a pilot certificate. The licensed pilot will be responsible for the flight.
Recommendation: A pilot and observer working together increases the likelihood of maintaining safety, professionalism, and efficiency in the drone flight. All operators should be supposed by an observer who can keep the pilot informed of any potential hazards.

Requirement: Part 107 restricts operators from endangering people or property on the ground.
Recommendation: Invest in a validated airspace to pinpoint where it’s safe to fly, versus where special permission is required. It’s good practice to alert and request permission from property owners ahead of time. Although Part 107 doesn’t require operators to obtain permission from landowners before flying over their property, it is courteous to do so.

Requirement: Part 107 does not allow flying drones over human beings who are not directly involved in their operation.
Recommendation: If you are trying to capture a photo of a large group of people from an area above, consider alternatives to getting the shot. Part 107 doesn’t specify a minimum distance, so it could be possible to take off and land in an adjacent park or unpopulated area that qualifies as unrestricted airspace to get side images.

The use of drones is normally excluded from standard insurance policies. If you are using or considering using drones in your business, be sure to contact your insurer. When you’re looking for insurance to protect your company, Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency can help. Visit us today to get started on your cost-effective commercial insurance policy.

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