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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

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