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How to hire a drone pilot

Written on 12/18/2016


The first step in hiring a drone pilot is the understand what you would like them to do, is it mapping your construction site or farm, or is it for real estate etc. Once you understand the requirements you can begin the research process which can be as simple as submitting a request on our website or you can manually browse through drone pilots on our website or through Google. This is the part where you get to decide the style and quality of work that you're looking for, jobs can range from $300-$1000 depending on the quality that you would like. If you have no idea where to start feel free to submit a request for a quote on our website and will give you some options for all price ranges and help you find the right pilot for the job.


If you would prefer to manually search the web or browse through pilots on our website it's important to keep a few things in mind. Whenever hiring a drone pilot in the US one of the first things to confirm is that the pilot carries either a 107 license or 333 exemption. If they don't have these documents they are not allowed to fly commercially and you should avoid doing business with them. Next it's a good idea to check out some of their sample and demo work. Most pilots have a demo reel or some sample shots so you can take a look at. Once you find a few pilots that you like make sure that they all carry insurance, although they may have flown hundreds of times it only takes one accident and you'll regret hiring somebody who's not fully insured. After you've done all this you're ready to go, just contact the pilot and book your shoot.