5 Essential questions a producer should ask a drone pilot
(before hiring them)
Hi, I’m Drew Cobb. Dronewrx’s head pilot and Director of UAV Operations. After my experience in this industry with producers who didn’t know what to ask, I put together this series to educate you on this relatively new field of film making.
A huge issue that me and my contemporaries see all too often. Productions only know that they “want a drone” and lump all UAV’s into the same category.
What you want is: a skilled and licensed pilot/crew that has the correct camera/drone combination for your production.
Please read the following blog and allow me to impart some of the knowledge I have learned and you will soon know exactly what you need. Or you can email or call us now, and we can help you get your production the right drone/pilot for the right price. 323-899-8400
2. Is the drone operator insured?
Commercial drone pilots are required by law to carry liability insurance. Production companies, or govt. agencies know what limits they are looking for, usually from 1 million up to 5 million. We’ve done work for concert promoters that required 10 million for legal reasons. Recently there have been some on demand type of services like Verifly, but theses are no good with Film LA or any government agency, and are a good indication that the pilot is either underfunded, only works occasionally or is new to the business. Real pilots have real insurance policies.
Being able to file all the paperwork, and prepare a POA (Plan Of Activity) is mandatory for jobs that are permitted. Not only that, if the Fire Marshall starts asking questions, you don’t want a newby representing your interests. As toy-like and ubiquitous as drones have become, they are an aircraft with spinning propellers and can potentially be dangerous.
If you read the entire 5 part series and still have questions, please see our “Ask Dr. Droneberg” FAQ page and submit a question in the provided form. We also welcome all feedback.
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