What Makes A Good Commercial Drone Operator?

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What Makes A Good Commercial Drone Operator?

The question “What makes a good commercial drone operator?” is fairly open ended, and while I have my own ideas, I was curious what were some of the qualifications suggested by others in the drone industry.

If you ask Jonathan Rupprecht of Rupprecht Law P.A., he’d reply with something similar to:

What makes a good commercial drone operator? Stick skills and knowing how to safely operate in the NAS.

Does a drone operator really need a pilot license?

Check with Matt from How-to Geek about good commerical drone operation and you’d get something like:

… if you’re planning on using a drone for profit, such as to film a movie or a commercial or any project where you’ll be paid, then you will need to apply to the FAA for a commercial exemption. Even if you’re simply planning on doing a site survey or mapping out an area, you’ll still need to seek out approval.

What You Need to Know Before Flying a Drone (To Stay Out of Trouble)

The Know Before You Fly campaign, which Drone Universities supports, similarly stresses proper authorization:

The FAA currently authorizes the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial or business purposes on a case-by-case basis. You may not fly your UAS for commercial purpose without the express permission from the FAA. You should check with the FAA for further determination as to what constitutes a commercial or business use of small UAS.

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What do you think makes a good commercial drone operator?

I tend to agree with Jonathan’s answer. Why? Because his answer can apply not only to todays Section 333 Exemption model, but also to tomorrows drone license model.

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:55+00:00 March 5th, 2016|Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on What Makes A Good Commercial Drone Operator?

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Sam Estrin
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