If your company is looking for a drone company, check out Women And Drones at WomenAndDrones.com, which encourages women to learn to fly drones and features really interesting stories about women drone pilots, like me! I was profiled in the We Are All Awesome project.
All drones weighing more than one-half pound and less than 55 pounds, including the payload, must be registered. Go to FAA.gov/Dronezone and follow the instructions. DO NOT get sucked into sites that charge a fee to file the paperwork. Registering your drone is very easy.
Drones can carry different payloads, cameras, sensors, and equipment. It makes sense that larger drones can carry heavier payloads. Some can even carry multiple sensors, such as two different types of cameras. However, drones with a single high-resolution camera are adequate for most drone projects.
Map makers, topographers and even archaeologists need aerial surveys to fully evaluate some of their projects. Drone operators can provide these aerial views with lower overhead costs. Drones can fly low and slow, which captures better images of a site than a traditional manned aircraft. Drone operators can take advantage of many mapping software options to produce mosaic or composite photos based on stitching together many images.
Drones provide aerial views of facilities, including rooftops, for inspections of damage or routine inspections. Drones can produce maps and 3D models to quickly and accurately inspect and measure roofs. Adding thermal imaging camera photos or videos will reveal potential problems with equipment overheating, which supports better preventive maintenance.
The FAA drone registration number must be marked on your drone. I recommend making a sticker for the top of your drone with the registration number and your contact information in case the drone gets lost. I might have gotten my first lost drone back if I had done that.
All drones weighing between ½ pound and 55 pounds, including the payload, must be registered. Go to faa.gov/Dronezone and follow the instructions. DO NOT get sucked into sites that charge fees to file the paperwork. Registering your drone is very easy.
Boats and drones provide some of the most amazing images. You can set the drone to follow your boat underway and circle to get a 360-degree view. You can send your drone ahead to find fish and other wildlife in the water.
Capturing nature is one of the most popular uses of a drone by hobbyists. When flying your drone over nature and animals in their natural habitat, it is important to be sensitive to the impacts on wildlife. Check out Six-Word Lessons for Drone Pilots and Outdoor Enthusiasts by Alicia Amerson for the best practices of flying over nature and wildlife.
Just imagine the pictures you could capture from above at your family reunion, a floating boat party, or a party on the beach. Once again, you can livestream to Facebook or YouTube to share the party. This allows you to include friends and family who don’t live in the area and can’t be part of the action.