The Consequences of Hiring an Unlicensed Drone Pilot


Drones have become an increasingly popular tool for capturing stunning aerial footage and providing unique perspectives in commercial videography. 

However, when it comes to hiring someone, not all drone pilots are created equal. If you’re a company that wants to hire a drone pilot for commercial work, it’s essential to hire someone who is FAA-certified and operates under Part 107.

So what does it mean to be an FAA-certified pilot operating under Part 107?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the governing body that regulates the use of drones in the United States. In order to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes, pilots must pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain a remote pilot certificate, also known as a Part 107 license. 

Having a Part 107 license ensures that the pilot has the necessary knowledge and skills to operate a drone safely and legally. The pilot has trained to learn the specifics of where and when to fly, and much more. 

Hiring an FAA-certified drone pilot who operates under Part 107 is a must for companies, for a lot of different reasons. 

 For starters, it ensures that the pilot is operating the drone in compliance with all federal regulations and guidelines. This means that the pilot has been trained on topics such as airspace classifications, weather considerations, and emergency procedures. 

Part 107 pilots are required to pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months, ensuring they keep their knowledge up-to-date and maintain the necessary skills to operate drones safely and legally.

On the other hand, hiring an unlicensed drone pilot can have serious legal ramifications for companies. If an unlicensed pilot operates a drone for commercial purposes, they are breaking federal law and could face fines or even criminal charges.

If an unlicensed pilot causes damage or injury, the company that hired them could be held liable. Yikes. 

Hiring an FAA-certified drone pilot who operates under Part 107 is a must for companies that want to use drones for commercial videography and other commercial work. Not only does it ensure that the pilot is operating the drone safely and legally, but it also protects the company from potential issues. 

Looking to hire a drone pilot? Reach out to us! We’re  FAA-certified and operate under Part 107.