Why hire a licensed and insured drone pilot and not the kid next door

Why hire a licensed and insured drone pilot and not the kid next door

When looking for a drone service provider it may seem easier just to go to Craigslist and hire the college kid who is trying to make a couple bucks on the side, but is he or she licensed? “But I just need a couple quick shots, I don’t care if they are licensed” you might say. While this may be the case, there are many reasons you shouldn’t hire just anyone with a drone (or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as they are more formally referred to) to get you those shots you need to sell your real estate listing, capture your event from above, or inspect your crops.

For the longest time, it was a very gray area, hiring a drone operator. The rules were not clearly defined, but all that has changed since August 29, 2016. The FAA released the new Part 107 regulations that codified the commercial use of drones in United States airspace.

Now if you hire an unlicensed and/or un-insured provider you can be held liable for any injuries, crashes etc.  If you are a real estate agent / broker the consequences can be rather stiff including loss of real estate / broker’s license.

This is an excerpt of an email from a FAA official about the use of unlicensed operators.

“Liability for unauthorized operations can fall on both the pilot and the person who hired the pilot.
14 CFR 1.1 defines operator as:
“Operate, with respect to aircraft, means use, cause to use or authorize to use aircraft, for the purpose (except as provided in §91.13 of this chapter) of air navigation including the piloting of aircraft, with or without the right of legal control (as owner, lessee, or otherwise).”

In this case, someone who causes the operation can be liable as well. And with the way the civil penalty provision is written, the pilot would only face a fine of $1,100 per violation (as an individual acting as an airman), while the person who causes the operation could be liable for a fine of $11,000 (as an individual not acting as an airman).

Regards,
FAA UAS Integration Office”

The S900 with the Sony A7R ready to fly

So, if you’re going to hire a drone pilot, these are some of the reasons you’ll want to make sure they are a licensed and experienced drone pilot and not just some kid who picked up a new DJI Mavic Pro, or GoPro Karma.

Legal
A licensed drone pilot has spent extensive time learning the laws and regulations established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and has passed certification tests from the FAA and has been vetted by The Department of Transportation back ground check process.

Insured
If there is a mishap, you don’t want to find out the hard way how much damage a drone falling out of the sky can create, and cost. Always use someone that is insured.

Safety
Aside from getting their job done, it is their mission to make sure that everyone is safe. Part of the extensive training the pilot goes through is knowing when to fly and when not to fly.

Quality
The pilot has the reputation of themselves and their business to uphold, so you know that you are going to get a high-quality finished product.

Professional
Professionalism is top priority. As the customer, we know that you want someone who will do the job right and do it well. Hiring a licensed and insured drone pilot will deliver professionalism 100%.

We’d love to work with you on your project, so if you’re ready to discuss how Bee Creek Photography could help, drop us a line!

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Sunset Over the Texas Hills

We captured this aerial image of the sunset in the Texas Hill Country near Vanderpool. Just thought it was so pretty here with valleys and hills through out. Motorcyclist like to travel the twisted roads below, this is part of what is called the twisted sisters since they wind through out the hills of the western hill country which is very rugged. However many people have died along this stretch so be careful. Most people don’t realize how diverse and awesome Texas scenery can be.

We captured this aerial image of the sunset in the Texas Hill Country near Vanderpool. Just thought it was so pretty here with valleys and hills through out. Motorcyclist like to travel the twisted roads below,  this is part of what is called the twisted sisters since they wind through out the hills of the western hill country which is very rugged. However many people have died along this stretch so be careful. Most people don't realize how diverse and awesome Texas scenery can be. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

We captured this aerial image of the sunset in the Texas Hill Country near Vanderpool. Just thought it was so pretty here with valleys and hills through out. Motorcyclist like to travel the twisted roads below, this is part of what is called the twisted sisters since they wind through out the hills of the western hill country which is very rugged. However many people have died along this stretch so be careful. Most people don't realize how diverse and awesome Texas scenery can be. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

For more images, or if you are interested in purchasing prints or digital files, please visit our website at http://beecreekphotography.com , for more info about our Aerial photography services please visit, http://beecreekphotography.com/aerial-drone-photography

Austin Skyline Aerial

After what seems likes months of nothing but over cast and rain we finally had a good day with partly cloudy skys and sun on Memorial day. We captured the following 2 images of the Austin skyline just before sun set. You may notice there are no one on the water on the holiday. The LCRA had closed the lakes due to flood waters and were releasing flood water from Lake Travis. The first image is about an hour before sun set and the second was just as the sun dipped below the horizon behind us.

We capture this Austin Skyline along Lady Bird Lake with the downtown area including the Texas Capital and the UT Tower in this Panorama.  The one day where we saw the sun come out in some time.  This image capture the view down Lady Bird Lake with the Lamar bridge, all the way to Congress with the city along the shoreline. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

We capture this Austin Skyline along Lady Bird Lake with the downtown area including the Texas Capital and the UT Tower in this Panorama. The one day where we saw the sun come out in some time. This image capture the view down Lady Bird Lake with the Lamar bridge, all the way to Congress with the city along the shoreline. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Captured this aerial pano image of the Austin skyline downtown over Lady Bird Lake at sunset.  This image includes all the way to Texas Capital to UT Tower. This cityscape image was a fleeting capture only got these great sky with pink colors for a moment. We loved this view looking down Lady Bird Lake with all the high rise buildings along the shore line and the Lamar, Pfluger, along with First and Congress. We also found out that they had closed down the lake due to flooding upstream while we were shooting, just another day in Texas. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Captured this aerial pano image of the Austin skyline downtown over Lady Bird Lake at sunset. This image includes all the way to Texas Capital to UT Tower. This cityscape image was a fleeting capture only got these great sky with pink colors for a moment. We loved this view looking down Lady Bird Lake with all the high rise buildings along the shore line and the Lamar, Pfluger, along with First and Congress. We also found out that they had closed down the lake due to flooding upstream while we were shooting, just another day in Texas. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

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Lake Travis is finally full

We have been waiting for months to get this image with light clouds with the lake full after 6 years of drought and supper low levels. The lake is less than 1 foot from full when we captured this image.

This is an aerial pano view of Lake Travis taken at around 300 AGL ft.  We loved that the lake is finally full for the first time in many years and we had good clouds and sky on this day.  You can see the marina below, along with the dam, and the full bowl of the lake and you can also see the  river channel as it meanders though the hill country. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is an aerial pano view of Lake Travis taken at around 300 AGL ft. We loved that the lake is finally full for the first time in many years and we had good clouds and sky on this day. You can see the marina below, along with the dam, and the full bowl of the lake and you can also see the river channel as it meanders though the hill country. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is another aerial view showing the great Lake Travis finally full after many years.  You can see the marina, the dam, and lake as it meanders though the hill country landscape.  This is one of the favorite places for locals of Austin along with tourist to visit.   The lake is a favorite for boating, sailing swimming and any other water sports you can think of. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is another aerial view showing the great Lake Travis finally full after many years. You can see the marina, the dam, and lake as it meanders though the hill country landscape. This is one of the favorite places for locals of Austin along with tourist to visit. The lake is a favorite for boating, sailing swimming and any other water sports you can think of. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Ever changing Austin Skyline

The skyline in Austin has been growing over the last few years. We captured a new aerial panorama last night from Auditorium shores showing several new buildings now the cranes are down. I just love how the skys of the setting sun reflects off the buildings as twilight takes hold and the lights of the buildings come on.

This is an panorama image of the Austin skyline in downtown. This image captured the first street bridge and congress bridge as they cross Lady Bird Lake.  Also in this image is landmark buildings like the Frost, Austonian, W building along with the  Austin City Hall and many other familiar buildings in the downtown area. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is an panorama image of the Austin skyline in downtown. This image captured the first street bridge and congress bridge as they cross Lady Bird Lake. Also in this image is landmark buildings like the Frost, Austonian, W building along with the Austin City Hall and many other familiar buildings in the downtown area. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

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San Antonio River walk and night aerial skyline

We took a trip down to San Antonio this last Sunday to get some updated images of the river walk and downtown and finished up the beautiful day with an night time aerial shot of downtown.

This is an image of the San Antonio skyline at night in downtown.  You can see the Tower of Americas, the Tower Life building, along with many hotels such as the Marriott, the Grand Hyatt, Weston, Drury, Hilton that run along the river walk to name a few of the taller hotels in the city. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is an image of the San Antonio skyline at night in downtown. You can see the Tower of Americas, the Tower Life building, along with many hotels such as the Marriott, the Grand Hyatt, Weston, Drury, Hilton that run along the river walk to name a few of the taller hotels in the city. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

It was such a nice day along the river walk in San Antonio, you can see the river boat full of tourist and people walking and out having a meal at one of the many fine restaurants on this beautiful day with a great sky and good clouds. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

It was such a nice day along the river walk in San Antonio, you can see the river boat full of tourist and people walking and out having a meal at one of the many fine restaurants on this beautiful day with a great sky and good clouds. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Here is another image of the San Antonio river walk cityscape in the downtown area taken near the pedestrian bridge with the lovely flower and a riverboat on it way to pick up passengers as it floats along in front ot Cafe Rio. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Here is another image of the San Antonio river walk cityscape in the downtown area taken near the pedestrian bridge with the lovely flower and a riverboat on it way to pick up passengers as it floats along in front ot Cafe Rio. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

For more images, or if you are interested in purchasing prints or digital files, please visit our website at http://beecreekphotography.com , for more info about our Aerial services please visit, http://beecreekphotography.com/aerial

Austin Cityscape Night Aerial with Texas Capital

I have been wanting to get this image for some time and finally had a good weather day with no clouds to get it.

This is a cityscape image of Ausitn at night of the Texas State Capital which you don't see to often.  This big views let you see all of the downtown area, you can see all the way down and up Congress Ave and see the citie's high-rises skyscrapers like the Frost and the Austonian in the background. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is a cityscape image of Ausitn at night of the Texas State Capital which you don't see to often. This big views let you see all of the downtown area, you can see all the way down and up Congress Ave and see the citie's high-rises skyscrapers like the Frost and the Austonian in the background. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

For more images, or if you are interested in purchasing prints or digital files, please visit our website at http://beecreekphotography.com , for more info about our Aerial services please visit, http://beecreekphotography.com/aerial

Austin Aerial Photography

Another aerial image of Austin.

This is another skyline image of Austin that shows more of the city without being a panorama, You can actually see the Capital and some of Ladybird Lake  with the high-rises building from one end to next between IH35 almost to Lamar.  The iconic high rise inclued the Frost, Austonian, the W Hotel, Austin 360 Condos, Hyatt and more all running along Lady Bird Lake. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This is another skyline image of Austin that shows more of the city without being a panorama, You can actually see the Capital and some of Ladybird Lake with the high-rises building from one end to next between IH35 almost to Lamar. The iconic high rise inclued the Frost, Austonian, the W Hotel, Austin 360 Condos, Hyatt and more all running along Lady Bird Lake. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

For more images, or if you are interested in purchasing prints or digital files, please visit our website at http://beecreekphotography.com , for more info about our Aerial services please visit, http://beecreekphotography.com/aerial

Houston Aerial Photography

A few weekends ago we finally made it to Houston to try and capture a few images for a client and while we were there we got some great shots of the skyline with our “flying tripod”, the aerial drone.

This is a aerial view of the Houston Skyline with the Buffalo Bayou, Elenor Tinsley Park and the Jaimal Skate Park all in the image below. You can also see the Sabine St. Bridge along with the Allen Parkway and on the other side is Memorial dirve running along the other side of the park.  The city view includes the usual skyscrapers like the Chase Tower, Heritage Plaza, Wells Fargo, and the 1400 Smith St. buildings just to name a few.  You can see the Houston City Hall building at the base of the buildings where it is dwarfed by the high-rise skyscrapers since Houston has some ot the tallest buildings in the southern US. (Tod Grubbs)

This is a aerial view of the Houston Skyline with the Buffalo Bayou, Elenor Tinsley Park and the Jaimal Skate Park all in the image below. You can also see the Sabine St. Bridge along with the Allen Parkway and on the other side is Memorial dirve running along the other side of the park. The city view includes the usual skyscrapers like the Chase Tower, Heritage Plaza, Wells Fargo, and the 1400 Smith St. buildings just to name a few. You can see the Houston City Hall building at the base of the buildings where it is dwarfed by the high-rise skyscrapers since Houston has some ot the tallest buildings in the southern US. (Tod Grubbs)

For more images, or if you are interested in purchasing prints or digital files, please visit our website at http://beecreekphotography.com