Drone Site and Professionalism
Despite the rapid rise of drones in across multiple professional sectors. Many still have the perception that flying a drone is like “flying a toy”. There are many ramifications to this mindset, one it can make people not want to pay for your services or not pay much for your services (“Why pay you x amount when I can conscript my millennial child to do it?”).
Below are a couple of worksite tweaks you can do to make yourself appear more professional.
- Part 107 Lanyard
This is a simple tool to display your value and professionalism. By having your part 107 visibly show around your neck it clearly shows that you are a licensed drone pilot, but you are showing that you are a professional and you take your trade seriously.
- Safety Vest
I think a safety vest is a great tool for many reasons. For one it projects professionalism and importance. Even though most commercial drones are under 15 pounds, a drone that size falling hundreds of feet from the sky is a massive safety hazard, so in essence you are operating heavy equipment.
In addition wearing a safety vest is great for the drone operators safety. When flying a drone often times an operator has to move around to get closer to keep the drone in line of sight or to gain a better angle when flying in close conditions. A highlighted safety makes the operator to identify drivers and moving objects. In addition it keeps most people
- Hard Case
Let me start by preferening that I do not recommend bringing your drone to a jobsite in a backpack, it just screams unprofessional. By having a case you display that your work and equipment mean something to you. Drone like DJI’s Inspire Series, come with a professional hardcase. But drones such as the DJI Mavic and Phantom series come without a box or the box is styrofoam. Whatever the case is (no pun intended), I would suggest getting a case with a handle or a strap that goes around one shoulder.
The one reversal is if you are traveling for a drone job, and don’t want to check your precious piece of aerial equipment.
- Insurance Policy Binded
This one is pretty self explanatory, but when working with a client for the first time it is best to have and show a printed copy of your insurance policy. This little tactic will show your client that, while you may love flying drones for fun, you are a professional and you make your living by being a certified drone pilot.
- Property Release
If you plan on drone missions for a real estate or taking off on private property I highly recommend getting a property release. Clients will take you more seriously when you have them sign a property release. More importantly it gives you a legal cover, being that I am not a lawyer, I can still suggests that it is better to have a signed property release than not.
- Hard Hat and Steel Toe Boots
On Site Professional Mannerisms.
Always get in contact with the decision maker or top staff personnel when arriving on site.