Many people ask “why can’t I just purchase my own drone and do aerial projects myself?” You can, however there is a lot more to operating a drone than you might think. If you have flown a professional drone before, then you know that it is something that requires two people to do…and three people to do right. One to fly, one to run camera (on select drones) and one for a lookout regarding people, traffic, wildlife and anything that might interfere. PLUS you will need a FAA 107 Drone Pilot certificate to operate a commercial business. If caught doing commercial business without an FAA107 you will pay strict penalties.
Rocky Mountain Drones Training Academy can help you Pass the FAA 107 test to help you on your way to starting your commercial business!!!
You can buy your own drone, but it must be registered with the FAA. Before you purchase a drone, we highly recommend you take a look at Know Before You Fly.
Now lets talk about making money or flying a drone commercially. This is where things get tricky. Rocky Mountain Drone pilots have obtained the FAA 333 exemption, and this is required by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to commercially operate a UAV (drone). Under this exemption, the pilot in command must hold either an airline transport, commercial, private, sport or recreational pilot certificate. The FAA is cracking down in a serious way on people that fly drones in a commercial capacity that are not FAA 333 Certified. BUT as Of Aug 2016, anyone who can meet and Pass the FAA 107 test and requirements can operate the drone of your choice legally!!