As a drone enthusiast, I’m aware that there are regulations that prevent the use of drones commercially, unless of course you have a 333 Exemption from the FAA. (Keep in mind that since May 28th, 2015 only 479 exemptions have been issued.) That hasn’t stopped many from taking advantage of the benefits that drones uniquely provide. In some situations, the benefits are just too great to ignore. Consider building inspections, historically photographers would repel off the roof, use scaffolding, use ladders or use a cherrypicker to elevate the photographer. This is a dangerous and time-consuming process that can be simplified immediately with the introduction of a drone.
But professionally, drones are becoming the obvious tool to complete jobs that are traditionally time consuming, resource intensive, dangerous, expensive, or all the above.
For example, take Rich Fraser owner of Elements Management a firm that surveys properties and proposes fixes so that buildings stay up to code and retain their value.
Traditionally, Rich hires someone to repel off the roof or a cherrypicker to elevate the photographer, two options which are traditionally recognized as risky and disruptive, respectively. These options also easily take the better part of a day to get the job done.
For this project Rich connected with Christian von Stackelberg of Drone by the Hour.
Once von Stackelberg got his DJI Phantom 2 Vision + in the air, he got the job done in three hours.
Would you risk using drones when the benefits are great such as human safety? For some, it isn’t a tough call.