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!

for more info about our Aerial services please visit, http://beecreekphotography.com/aerial-drone-photography

Superbowl 2017 Mag cover

To go along with the blog from yesterday about the “Houston we have kickoff” shirt and the other NASA store products here is the official NFL Superbowl 2017 magazine cover that started it all.

 (Tod Grubbs)

(Tod Grubbs)

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Houston We Have kickoff

We are excited to announce in conjunction with NASA Houston and the NFL Superbowl 2017 we had one of our photos selected to be part of the signature graphic for the big game “Houston We have Kickoff”. The image they selected was a sunrise image of Houston looking down the bayou we took last year. It was used in the reflection of the helmet.

 (Tod Grubbs)

The NASA store has t-shirts, koozie’s and mugs for sale with the image. Get your order in they are going quick!!!

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http://shopnasa.com/product/houston-kickoff-koozie/

http://shopnasa.com/product/houston-kickoff-mug/

This was the image that was used,

We were almost ready to leave and then sky turned into this golden swirling clouds over the skyline of the Bayou and city skyline so we had to take a few more images. You can see the sun just starting to peak through the high rise skyscrapers and the buildings reflections in the water of the Buffalo Bayou on this early morning sunrise. Watermark will not appear on image (Tod Grubbs)

We were almost ready to leave and then sky turned into this golden swirling clouds over the skyline of the Bayou and city skyline so we had to take a few more images. You can see the sun just starting to peak through the high rise skyscrapers and the buildings reflections in the water of the Buffalo Bayou on this early morning sunrise. Watermark will not appear on image (Tod Grubbs)

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Spring is just around the corner

It is at the end of January 2017 and I am looking at bluebonnet images from previous years planning where to go this season. Spring is just around the corner only a few weeks away. Here are a few of our favorites from previous years.

This was another one of the bluebonnet sunset from Muleshoe Park from the first year of bluebonnets which is located outside of Austin in the Hill Country.  This whole field was endlless bluebonnets, broken up only by the salt cedar growing along it edge.  It was extremely fragrant too, but by the next year this field did not come back there were still plenty of bluebonnets, but not like the first year where the bluebonnets seem to go off into the sunset.   Now of course this whole area is under water so it may be years before we see bluebonnets there again if ever.  Hanging on to our memories of the perfect bluebonnet fields. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

This was another one of the bluebonnet sunset from Muleshoe Park from the first year of bluebonnets which is located outside of Austin in the Hill Country. This whole field was endlless bluebonnets, broken up only by the salt cedar growing along it edge. It was extremely fragrant too, but by the next year this field did not come back there were still plenty of bluebonnets, but not like the first year where the bluebonnets seem to go off into the sunset. Now of course this whole area is under water so it may be years before we see bluebonnets there again if ever. Hanging on to our memories of the perfect bluebonnet fields. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

We captured this gorgeous sunset landscape with the bluebonnets one evening while at a county park along the  Colorado river in Texas.  The colors of the sky that came out with the sunset were beautiful with the oranges, pinks and reds. Couldn't ask for a better sunset over the Texas wildflowers along the waters edge. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

We captured this gorgeous sunset landscape with the bluebonnets one evening while at a county park along the Colorado river in Texas. The colors of the sky that came out with the sunset were beautiful with the oranges, pinks and reds. Couldn't ask for a better sunset over the Texas wildflowers along the waters edge. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Austin Zilker Christmas Tree

Another great capture of the Zilker Christmas Tree and Trail of Lights holiday photo with the Austin skyline in the background. This is such a popular holiday image we decided to go get a more current version since so many new buildings have been built in the last two years so here is our latest. This is an anual holiday event for Austin that adds just the right touch of Christmas cheer to your holiday!

This is our latest edition of the skyline with the Austin Trail of Lights along with Zilker Chrismas Tree for 2015.  We capture this image with all the iconic high rise buildings like the Frost, the Austonian, Austin 360 and many of the new building recently built. This is an Austin tradition since the 60's. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

 

Cyber Monday Sale!!

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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

Cover image for Sept 2016 issue of NPhoto Magazine

We are excited to announce we had our Texas Sunset Sunflowers image selected a few months ago by NPhoto Magazine to be on the cover for September 2016 issue. NPhoto is an international Magazine for images and users of Nikon gear. This issue will be on news stands shortly so go out and get a copy.

 (Tod Grubbs)

(Tod Grubbs)

This was the full image. It looks great on Canvas or metal prints.

Smithson made this photo of the day in July 2014. We made many attempt to get this photo going back several times to try and get  this field of sunflowers at sunset and on our last try it finally worked.  We had to added a little flash to keep enough light on the sun flowers as it was getting dark.  We were not alone trying to capture this photo along IH35 that day there were many cars stopping to take picture of sunflowers fields and every time we came after.  Farmers now are using sunflowers in their rotation of their crops so they can go on for miles in some area. (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

Smithson made this photo of the day in July 2014. We made many attempt to get this photo going back several times to try and get this field of sunflowers at sunset and on our last try it finally worked. We had to added a little flash to keep enough light on the sun flowers as it was getting dark. We were not alone trying to capture this photo along IH35 that day there were many cars stopping to take picture of sunflowers fields and every time we came after. Farmers now are using sunflowers in their rotation of their crops so they can go on for miles in some area. (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-drone-photography

Texas Heavenly Dark Skys

Over the last few weekends we have made the drive to the west to find dark skys to get images of the galactic center as it poked up over the horizon and all the stars. We found a few cool places in the dark one was a church. We were able to capture this image.

 (Tod Grubbs & Cynthia Hestand)

(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-drone-photography